A comment on a post by SJVN caught my eye. How does usage of Android/Linux compare with that other OS?
We have some numbers. M$ claims about 50 million licences are sold each quarter, 91 days. Google claims 550K activations per day, also 50 million activations per quarter. Of course, M$ had the lead in installed base but it shows how tenuous M$’s hold on the OS marketplace is. With the imminent decline of the “personal computer”, Android/Linux could exceed M$’s shipments this quarter. Then, it’s just a matter of whether or not Android/Linux and/or GNU/Linux will expand into the “personal computer” space. Clearly Android/Linux is used on a lot of smart thingies as “personal computers”.
Since consumers tend to be herding animals the popularity of Android/Linux equalling the popularity of that other OS in unit sales could mean this is the inflection point/tipping point marking the end of monopoly. We live in interesting times. M$’s and Android’s numbers seem to have flattened out in growth so things could go either way. I would bet with the arrival of Android 4 on tablets, Android/Linux is going to have another bump around the Christmas season whereas M$ has only vapourware to sell. Nokia is not helping M$ much these days.