FLOSS Owns Smartphone Sales

Android scored 177,898,200 unit sales of smartphones (79% share) in Q2 2013 according to Gartner.

Impressive? That’s only the beginning. It is possible for any OEM to produce smartphones cheaper than any smartphone made with an expensive OS like Phoney “7”, so this will continue until everyone on the planet has one or more smartphones. M$ and Apple can come closer than other OEMs because they don’t have to pay a licensing fee for the OS but they still have to pay the programmers. Samsung pays a lot of programmers but they still only do a tiny fraction of the software development in their Android/Linux phones because development of FLOSS is shared by the world. That’s the right way to do IT.

This model will catch on with all forms of computers for the same reason. In the end price/performance matter and FLOSS wins. Expect 2014 to be the year when that’s clear to retailers, OEMs and consumers everywhere. In 2013 we see Lenovo has taken top spot in shipments of PCs of all kinds, thanks to their presence with legacy PCs and smartphones. Other OEMs will notice.

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6 Responses to FLOSS Owns Smartphone Sales

  1. dougman says:

    Broken Windows attempts to mind read, not very well I may add.

    Rob has written about Linux before, learn to use Google.

    – Written from his Android “Linux” smartphone.

  2. bw says:

    Also, they say, in your cite, “”Lenovo’s PC shipments for the first fiscal quarter were 12.6 million units”

    Notice that they did not count phones and tablets in their “PC shipments” total since they clearly do not consider them to be PCs.

  3. bw says:

    <em.PC+” company, suggesting an evolution of the PC into all forms

    Only if you want to be obstinate. “PC+”, as made clear in the context, means PCs plus other things, specifically phones and tablets..

  4. bw wrote, “Two things stick out. One is that Lenovo is drawing a clear line between “PC” and “smartphone” and “tablet”. So who are you to differ?”

    No, they don’t. Those are all products of the company with which they intend to make money. In their press-release they write of becoming a “PC+” company, suggesting an evolution of the PC into all forms. I don’t think Lenovo cares whether a $million comes from one product or another. They are selling what sells.

    Here’s proof Lenovo treats smartphones as a new kind of PC. Check out their documentation. Look what they have listed under service:
    “Why Lenovo Services?

    Keep it simple, one place for all your PC service needs
    We know our PCs better than anyone – services performed by Lenovo Certified Technicians using Lenovo-qualified parts
    Convenient and affordable in-home and 24/7 service options”

    MT8317 Dual-Core Processor 1.2 GHz
    Operating System
    Androidâ„¢ 4.1 Jelly Bean
    RAM: 1GB LP-DDR2
    Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC
    Expandable Storage: Up to 32 GB microSD”

    That’s for an ideaPad, an Android 4.2 tablet on an MT8317 processor, listed under stand-alone applications processor by MediaTek. It’s not just for smartphones.

  5. bw says:

    Your cite says some other interesting things:

    “”Last quarter, our combined sales of smartphones and tablets surpassed PCs for the first time,” he said.

    He said the shift to smartphones and tablets is turning Lenovo from a PC company into a “PC plus” company. Tablets with 4G capability are “gearing up,” he added.

    Though the CEO cited the decline in the PC market, he said customers in the corporate “enterprise” market, especially in the U.S., are upgrading their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7 and Windows 8 — which is driving sales. “

    Two things stick out. One is that Lenovo is drawing a clear line between “PC” and “smartphone” and “tablet”. So who are you to differ? The second is that the corporate XP hangers-on are switching to Win 7 and Win 8 and “driving the market”. He didn’t even whisper the name “GNU/Linux”. Apparently he’s never even heard of it.

  6. dougman says:

    Android phones are far superior and more popular, as no one wants a walled-garden to contend with.

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