Android is everywhere, commonly in our smartphones and tablets, and its slowly making its way into our cars and even onto our heads. In fact, recent market stats from Kantar Worldpanel reveal that Android’s share in the global smartphone market has surged almost nine percent in the last three months alone. Research group Gartner predicted today that in 2014, more than one billion Android devices will be shipped to consumers in all parts of the globe, registering a 26 percent year-on-year growth. The research group expects to see strongest demand in emerging markets.
Gartner also predicts how iOS and Macs will perform this year, over 344 million iOS and Mac machines are expected to be shipped in 2014, registering a 28 percent year-on-year increase when compared to the number of devices shipped last year. Furthermore, it is also predicted that Microsoft’s Windows OS will find its way into 360 million new devices as opposed to 328 million new devices in 2013. Global shipments of all devices are expected to cross 2.48 billion, climbing 7.6 percent year-over-year. Analysts at the research group believe smartphone sales will continue to increase in the new year, though the focus will move away from high-end smartphones to mid-range models, which carry much more appeal in many emerging markets around the world.