According to a new research, over 1 billion devices with Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android OS will be sold in 2014. Especially in the emerging markets there will be more low-end Android devices be sold, this will outpace high-end devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
The Android system is used in Samsung and Sony devices among other companies. The growth is expected to be by approximately 26% from 2013, reaching over 1.1 billion users in 2014. By 2017, Gartner expects the sale of Android devices to have increased by 75%, particularly in the emerging markets.
Last year was very important for the Android operating system, with smartphones getting bigger, better and faster. The year saw the growth of tablets in numerous numbers as well, and Android become also available on other devices such as smart-watches and as gaming devices. In 2014, the same growth and trend is expected to continue, but slightly on a different road. Android will keep on growing and 2014 will without a doubt, bring a wide variety of smartphones like never before. Here are some of the expected Android trends in the next 12 months.
1. The influence of Google
Very few could have predicted the success of Google Play Edition devices in 2013, but today, there are flagships from Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC, all running Android’s stock version. The models can now be updated with the latest Android releases. Google has great plans in addition to what it provides to consumers with the Google Play Store for Androids, and this will have a huge impact on the sale on Android devices in 2014.
2. It is what people prefer
A look at the worldwide shipment records broken down by operating system show that Android is the OS of choice across many mobile devices, with three times the number of Apple devices sold. 2013 saw nearly 880 million devices of Android systems shipped out to users across the world, while Apple shipped about 270 million. It can be deduced that price is big determining factor, evidenced by the introduction of more affordable devices such as the iPhone 5 by Apple in order to appeal more budget conscious customers.
Predictors reveal that iOS or Mac OS based devices will ship out 344 million units compared to Android’s 1.1 billion devices in 2014, attributed to preferences by customers. Microsoft Windows, boosted by its dominant share in notebooks and PCs, is expected to ship about 400,000 new devices.
3. Android expanding to other territories- Watches and Mobile consoles
The Android OS is expended in 2013 into new markets, with Samsung releasing the Galaxy Gear SmartWatch, Galaxy S4, and the Galaxy Camera NX. This year will see more “Zoom” as Samsung continues to introduce numerous versions of its Galaxy devices.
Predictors suggest that Samsung, with their resources, will finish 2014 with the biggest slice of Android smart watch pie. The big question is which other companies will succeed in this segment.