“The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.”There’s no surprise that IT is vibrant with FLOSS and without monopoly. Just read the summary of IDC.
No one has a monopoly in smartphones so the sources of supply are numerous and diverse. Prices are competitive. Consumers have choice. Compare that with the moribund market for legacy PCs, paralyzed by M$’s greed. All the legacy PCs are the same, over-priced, bulky and heavy because that’s the way M$ wants them so M$’s price can be hidden. Otherwise, that other OS would have shipped on ARM ages ago and the Atomtm would have emerged ages ago, too. Nothing to benefit the consumer was on M$’s radar. Intel and many other “partners” of M$ colluded in this but they are all having to work for a living this year.
That’s changing of course. After seeing what smartphones can do compared to any old PC, consumers, retailers and OEMs are finally seeing that FLOSS will work for PCs as well. The cure for all the ills of the market is just to avoid any product from M$.