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.