Android, iOS and Windows will assert their dominance as the major operating systems in the computing market during 2015, as rival systems fall by the wayside.
Data from Gartner for 2015 predicts that a whopping 1.45 billion devices running Android will ship in 2015, a sizeable increase from 1.15 billion in 2014.
Apple, with its iOS and Mac OS platforms, will see its growth climb by a more modest amount, from 262 million to 279 million shipments, while Windows will increase by 22 million to reach 355 million in 2015.
This growth for all three systems will come at the expense of others, such as Tizen, Linux and Symbian. Gartner predicts that the combined market of 'other' systems will see shipments fall from 626 million to 380 million in 2015.
This decline will continue further in 2016 when just 261 million devices using ‘other’ operating systems will be shipped. By comparison Android, iOS and Windows will account for 2.3 billion shipments in 2016.
The rise in OS shipments will occur across most major device markets, as shipments of smartphones, tablets and laptops near 2.5 billion in 2015.
Gartner predicts that shipments will total 2.47 billion in 2015, up by 3.9 percent on 2014's 2.37 billion. The vast majority will be mobile phones, which will account for 1.9 billion shipments.
Traditional desktop and notebook PCs will see a decline in shipments, falling by 20 million to 259 million in 2015, although this will be offset by growth in ultrabook devices, such as the Apple Macbook Air, from 39 million to 62 million.
Tablets, meanwhile, will grow but at a rate far below that which the market has enjoyed since 2010. Gartner said that shipments will reach 233 million in 2015, up from 216 million in 2014.
Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said that the slowdown in tablet growth merely continues the trend set in 2014 when growth slumped when compared with previous years.
Atwal said that several factors are contributing to this growth slowdown, such as longer device life, more devices being passed on to friends or family, thereby negating sales, and a lack of innovation to tempt new buyers.
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