Android devices already beat Windows, Mac and iOS devices by a wide margin, and a new forecast from Gartner sees that growing even more in 2015.
PC Get Slight Boost, Still Outpaced By Mobile
Gartner predicts “a relative revival of the global PC market” this year, driven by enterprise upgrades. However it says tablets will outsell PCs next year (which has been predicted before).
The PC now lives in a multi-device world — getting larger with wearables — and will never again have the centrality they once had.
I’m sure this is discussed in a report somewhere; however the Gartner press materials don’t talk about the relative share of PC operating systems and how Google Chrome is doing vs. Mac or Windows. Macs have been able to maintain their price premium but otherwise there’s enormous downward price pressure on PCs in part because of Google Chrome’s low price points.
Mobile phone “shipments” (not equal to sales) will outpace PCs by at least 6X in 2015 according to the forecast. Gartner says that “smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.”
Android Rules, When It Comes To Operating System
With that comes the following estimate of operating system share:
When viewed as a whole, the device market is dominated by Android with Windows and iOS/App reaching near parity in 2015. Accordingly there will be almost four Android devices for each Windows device in the world in 2015 according to Gartner. When it comes to Mac/iOS, it will be nearly five-to-one in Android’s favor.