If you payed much attention to CES in Las Vegas during the week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Android is popping up everywhere now. From TV’s to fridges, vacuum cleaners to cars, the open source or licence free nature of Android means manufacturers are choosing it as the default OS for their devices.
Even if we discount all of these new type devices, Android is booming. Sales of smartphones and tablets running the operating system are steadily increasing every year as Android runs on everything from cheap as chips to bleeding edge devices.
If we look at the chart below, based on Android’s current trajectory, Gartner are forecasting that Android will be shipped on nearly as many devices as all the others combined by 2015.
You will find more statistics at Statista
It’s not that many years ago, before Apple reinvented itself, that Microsoft found itself in a fairly similar position. We all know now how that worked out for Microsoft. History has showed us that one company monopolising the market has usually ended in that company taking a big fall at some point as market expectations outgrow what the company can actually deliver.
Can Android be different? It possibly stands the best chance as while it is one company behind the operating system, there are myriad companies producing hardware.
Only time will tell how this one plays out.