Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 19th May 2012 08:59 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless 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.
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by siki_miki on Sun 20th May 2012 10:14 UTC
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The smartphone numbers will certainly overtake desktop/laptop PC ones. Especially in developing world this will become a "PC" platform of choice, all in one.
In this case, for some time there will not be a dominating platform, "new Windows", although I predict Android to become #1 computing OS in the world by some margin (in the process bringing Linux kernel to that long deserved place). A refreshment compared to times when we thought this is it and MS owns the market. Interesting how a new technology revolution (the one again ignited by Steve Jobs!) is now rapidly changing. Last time it was IBM, this time it's another behemoth - Microsoft that was taken off guard.

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