Android to overtake Windows by 2016: Gartner

Google’s Android will overtake Microsoft Windows in the next four years, reveals research firm Gartner. According to Gartner, Android will be present on more computing devices than Windows by 2016, which will only be on  2.28 billion devices compared to 2.3 billion running on Google OS.

According to data released by Google recently, Android is currently present on over half a billion devices and is growing with more 1.3 million devices a day.

Gartner predicts with this rate, Android will reach 608 million devices by 2012-end.

Reuters adds:

Android, which reached the market only in 2008, has risen fast to be the dominant smartphone platform, controlling two-thirds of that market. It has taken the No. 2 spot in the fast-growing tablet computer market. The proliferation of the free software gives Google its edge on the search market – its key profit generator.

Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell by over 8 percent in the third quarter, the steepest decline since 2001, as more consumers flock to increasingly powerful tablets and smartphones for more basic computing.

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