Gartner: Android to surpass Windows by 2016

Google’s Android operating system will be on more devices that Microsoft’s Windows by 2016, according to research firm Gartner. This is a huge claim considering that Android is just four years old and Microsoft has been the undisputed leader in personal computers for decades.

What You Need To Know:

  • Research firm Gartner estimated that by the end of this year, Windows will be in 1.5 billion devices, while Android will be in 608 million devices.
  • By 2016, Gartner expects that there will be 2.3 billion devices running on Android, only 2.28 billion devices running on Windows.
  • Android has hit the market in 2008, but it quickly became the dominant mobile platform today taking a two-thirds share in the smartphone market and second spot in the tablet market.
  • With the rise of mobile devices, the overall sales of desktop computers declined by 8 percent in the third quarter, the biggest drop since 2001.
  • For the last few years, Microsoft has failed to gain a foothold in the mobile business. This year, the company is expecting to take leverage in the market with the release of the Windows 8.


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