“In terms of the smartphone operating system (OS) market, Android regained share over iOS to achieve an 86 percent share (see Table 2) in the second quarter of 2016. Android’s performance continued to come from demand for mid- to lower-end smartphones from emerging markets, but also from premium smartphones, which recorded a 6.5 percent increase in the second quarter of 2016.”
See Gartner Says Five of Top 10 Worldwide Mobile Phone Vendors Increased Sales in Second Quarter of 2016Remember the bad old days when M$’s lock on desktop OS was in question, legally? Well, the courts whimped out and allowed the damage done by monopoly to be locked in. Along the way, one of the big lies told by M$ to the world that having monopoly was a natural consequence of being first to market despite Beta v VHS and other examples. They gave a bunch of reasons why operating systems were different but it was all a lie. We see that in smartphones where Apple with iOS was basically first to market and with a decent product but at an outrageous price. For years iOS has been displaced by Android/Linux for good reason, price/performance. That’s what should matter in a free market.
- Android/Linux 86%
- iOS 13%
- TOOS 0.6%
The desktop also is not locked in. Despite slow progress at times, GNU/Linux is gradually gnawing away at M$’s lock on the desktop. It happened in my schools, in my home, in governments in Europe and a few places around the world. It’s obvious the world can make its own software and does have a complete stack with GNU/Linux.