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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I think these numbers are misleading.

I'd rather like to see the in use numbers rather than sold numbers.

I expect desktop PCs to last around 4-5 years. Smartphones get regularly upgraded every 1-2 years. It's like the HD TV market or the mobile market in the early 2000s. This will fall off once we are at saturation.

The only silver lining is that mobile contracts are still around 2 years so a lot will still upgrade, but we will start seeing sim only contracts picking up again.

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