Smartphones Reignite the OS Wars
Smartphones have become the preferred computer of the masses. Sales surpassed those of personal computers in 2010, having grown over 50% per year for several years. Nearly 500 million smartphones shipped in 2011. This radically shifts the terrain in the consumer operating system competition that was, for years, firmly decided in favor of Windows. This article analyzes the New OS Wars.This chart shows how, over the past three years, smartphones have decimated Windows’ long OS dominance in popular computing.
Tablets play a role in this change, too. TechCrunch projects iPad sales of 66 million this year. Forrester Research optimistically predicts that tablet sales will explode to 375 million yearly by 2016.
Smartphones are killing off dumb feature phones. The shrinking light blue shading at the top of the chart below shows the rate at which feature phones are losing market share to smartphones in the U.S.
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