Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th May 2013 13:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems worldwide, combined for 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013 as Windows Phone crept past BlackBerry for 3rd place. According to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 199.5 million units worldwide during 1Q13, up 59.1% from the 125.4 million units shipped during 1Q12." Windows Phone doubles from a few to twice few, iOS loser market share as its growth is slower than that of the overall market. BlackBerry continues slide into irrelevance.
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Comment by eantoranz
by eantoranz on Thu 16th May 2013 14:49 UTC
eantoranz
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2005-12-18

Linux saw continued decline in shipment volumes to start off the year, reaching levels not seen since 1Q10. The lower volumes were not completely unexpected, as most vendors have switched to Android and Samsung, Linux's biggest OEM supporter, readies the debut of its first Tizen-powered smartphones for later this year. This is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the open-source operating system, as multiple platforms, including Mozilla, SailFish, Tizen, and Ubuntu are expected to introduce or launch their first smartphones in the coming months.


They do know that Android is Linux, don't they?

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RE: Comment by eantoranz
by Hayoo! on Thu 16th May 2013 15:37 in reply to "Comment by eantoranz"
Hayoo! Member since:
2013-04-13

Yeah, I initially thought the term 'Linux' in the article refers to X11-enabled mobile Linux OS, but then Ubuntu is put in the same group, which doesn't fit in.

The only logical explanation I could come up with is: the darn article was written by business analysts without consulting a technologist of some sort.

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RE[2]: Comment by eantoranz
by eantoranz on Thu 16th May 2013 16:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by eantoranz"
eantoranz Member since:
2005-12-18

Perhaps they meant (unknowingly) any linux-powered-os that's not android.

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RE[2]: Comment by eantoranz
by gan17 on Thu 16th May 2013 21:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by eantoranz"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Yeah, I initially thought the term 'Linux' in the article refers to X11-enabled mobile Linux OS, but then Ubuntu is put in the same group, which doesn't fit in.

It still kind of fits. Ubuntu is still using a different display server (I heard they're developing their own) than Android, so you could assume that the term 'Linux' in the article = Not powered by Android display server.

I, for one, actually welcome this 'separation' between Android and Linux. The Play Store quality control is a joke compared to even the most volatile GNU/Linux distro repository/source-tree, so I'd rather not see Android being grouped alongside Linux in any category outside the kernel.

Edited 2013-05-16 21:58 UTC

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RE: Comment by eantoranz
by kalcytriol on Thu 16th May 2013 17:46 in reply to "Comment by eantoranz"
kalcytriol Member since:
2011-04-23

Microsoft and Apple spend a lot of money for such articles. For ex. they give more to fight Linux than cancer.

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RE[2]: Comment by eantoranz
by bentoo on Thu 16th May 2013 18:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by eantoranz"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

Microsoft and Apple spend a lot of money for such articles. For ex. they give more to fight Linux than cancer.


Are tech companies required to give money to fight cancer?

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