Android to push past the one billion shipment mark in 2014

Android to push past the one billion shipment mark in 2014

Summary: Ultramobiles and tablets will be the big growth areas in device shipments in 2014, as figures for Android units pass one billion for the first time in a single year.


The Android operating system will reach 1.1 billion users this year across all device types, a jump of 26 percent over the 2013 shipments figure, according to Gartner.

But the analyst firm is actually predicting a larger percentage increase for iOS and Mac OS devices, up 29 percent from 267 million devices shipped in 2013 to a projected 344 million in 2014.

"There is no doubt that there is a volume versus value equation, with Android users also purchasing lower-cost devices compared with Apple users," Gartner principal analyst Annette Zimmerman said in a statement.

"Android holds the largest number of installed-base devices, with 1.9 billion in use in 2014, compared with 682 million iOS and Mac OS installed-base devices," she said.

Worldwide device shipments by operating system

Operating system 2012 2013 2014 2015
Android 504 million 878 million 1.1 billion 1.25 billion
Windows 346 million 328 million 360 million 423 million
iOS and Mac OS 214 million 267 million 344 million 397 million
RIM 35 million 24 million 15 million 11 million
Chrome 185,000 1.8 million 4.7 million 8 million
Others 1.1 billion 802 million 648 million 529 million
Total 2.22 billion 2.3 billion 2.47 billion 2.62 billion

Source: Gartner December 2013

Gartner assumes that some Android devices shipped in previous years will no longer be in use by the end of 2014, which is why the figure of 1.9 billion for the installed base is not a sum of past shipments.

More than 75 percent of Android shipments will come from emerging markets by 2017, according to Gartner.

Microsoft Windows-based units — desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones — lie in second place after Android and account for more devices than the Apple OSes in third place.

However, Windows device shipments will experience a smaller increase than their two principal rivals, up almost 10 percent on 2013 from 328 million devices to 360 million.

Shipments of traditional desktop and laptop PCs will continue to decline this year, with Gartner forecasting a figure of 278 million units, down seven percent on 2013.

But if Windows ultramobiles are included in the figures, the overall PC market is expected to remain flat this year, with a 0.2 percent rise, against a fall of 9.9 percent in 2013.

At the other end of the scale, mobile phone shipments are forecast to hit 1.9 billion devices in 2014. However, growth in that sector will be a modest five percent increase on 2013.

Worldwide device shipments by segment

Device type 2012 2013 2014 2015
PC desktops and laptops 341 million 299 million 278 million 268 million
Tablets 120 million 180 million 263 million 325 million
Mobile phones 1.75 billion 1.8 billion 1.89 billion 1.96 billion
Other ultramobiles 9.3 million 17 million 40 million 64 million
Total 2.22 billion 2.3 billion 2.47 billion 2.62 billion

Source: Gartner December 2013

The device types that will be fuelling growth in the overall picture of 2.5 billion device shipments are ultramobiles, which include tablets, hybrids and clamshells. Gartner is predicting a rise in shipments of 54 percent for these types of units compared with last year.

With lower average selling prices attracting new buyers, the picture painted by Gartner for tablets alone is healthy, with a forecast of 47 percent growth with shipments of 180 million units last year, rising to 263 million in 2014.

"Mobile phones are a must-have and will continue to grow but at a slower pace, with opportunities moving away from the top-end premium devices to mid-end basic products," Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal said in a statement.

"Meanwhile users continue to move away from the traditional PC as it becomes more of a shared content creation tool, while the greater flexibility of tablets, hybrids and lighter notebooks address users' increasingly different demands."

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  • Not that it matters but...

    Not that this matters but, larger percentage isn't that important when the smaller percentage increase is actually the larger amount of shipped products.

    Personally, I think they're wrong and I think this whole G+ thing is going to hurt Android in the short term future.
    • Thinking along the same lines

      People have speculated that Apple might release a OSX tablet but personally I am not sure they would because it would eat into both their iOS tablet sales and their laptop sales as most Mac users tend to prefer iPads.

      Same with Google. Who is the market segment for ChromeBooks? Not really the iPad buyers but Android ones.

      Just as a side note, I love my Surface RT, I really do but I know I am a rare consumer in this regard. Likewise there are people who really, really love ChromeBooks. My personal opinion is that they may go as the netbooks went in that a lot of people bought them thinking that was all they would need or they were gifted to them and within a year they were collecting dust. After this bulge of buyers, they may retain a steady market in education and some niche enterprise usage.

      Rann Xeroxx
      • Umm

        If it isn't clear by now, Jobs knew he couldn't win the desktop war against Windows and it didn't matter how good the OS was so, his only option was a paradigm shift so large, that Apple would lead the market with a good head start.

        Next thing you know, we have the iPad and now, those iPad's are getting more and more desktop apps and those desktop apps are getting more and more features so... It is only a matter of time before we see the convergence of both platforms at Apple.

        Right now, the average person could use an iPad and never touch their computer again because of the apps and if Apple ever gets X-Code and both 11.6" as well as 13.3" iPad's, you could see the MacBook Air disappear altogether.
        • So, basically, you're predicting that iPads will become PCs.

          That would mean that, PCs are the way of the future. iPads that become PCs are no longer tablets, unless one considers them tablet-PCs, sort of like the Surface tablets and other Windows tablets. So, if things turn out YOUR way, then tablets will have met their demise, unless Google and the Android OEMs continue making limited capability tablets.

          BTW, I've been predicting that, all tablets will sooner or later grow up to become PCs, even if they keep their small forms.
  • Some misleadings on those figures

    Actually not all mobiles are smartphones. And not even all smartphones are real smartphones. Then something is missing on tablet division: cheap mostly Chinese white boxes.

    In real life about 80% of new smartphones of 2013 were Android-devices. After spring about 65% of tablets were Androids too if we include those white box tablets, cheap devices.

    Goldman Sachs published its figures of market share of new devices in late 2012: Android Linux 42%, Apple 24%, Windows 20%, other operation systems 14%. Much different than those of Gartner.
    Napoleon XIV
    • Funny how that works

      MS comes out on positive side, the numbers are totally wrong. MS comes out on the negative side, then these are the most accurate numbers humans have ever calculated.
  • I don't trust those figures - Android Linux was even much bigger winner

    Don't trust those figures. Lots of Asian vendors are producing especially Android devices, cheap white box tablets, smartphones and probably ChromeBooks and likely some Android portables too.

    But even if we followed those very questionable "western" statistics Android Linux took some 60% slice of new devices. Apple and Microsoft are there somewhere between 15% to 20% and loosing market share more during this year.

    Linux has won the war.
    • Has it won the war? Lets ask companies like HTC and Motorla

      HTC is bleeding cash thanks to Linux, while MS is banking cash Thanks to Windows, and Apple thanks to iOS.

      So can a "weapon" really be called "successful" if it's killing the people using it?
      • Railroads

        Most of the railroad companies that build the primary lines that linked and connected the US all went out of business. It did not mean that railroads were unsuccessful but the overall success of the railroads did not translate into success for any individual company.

        The only company that needs to be successful with Android is Google. As long as they are, most the rest can go bankrupted trying to be the next Samsung.
        Rann Xeroxx
        • Google depends on Android to pull in more eyes for their advertising arm,

          namely their Google search engine.

          But, most of Google's traffic comes from other sources, and not from Android. Google is not making that much money from Android, and Microsoft probably makes more money from Android than Google.

          So, could it be that, "the only company that needs to be successful with Android is Microsoft"? That would make more sense.
    • SJVN has won the war

      Ed Bott has lost.
    • NetCraft numbers

      NetCraft reflects the continued Linux based server market and Linux dominates!

      These numbers probably should be added on as well...
  • Android to push past the one billion shipment mark in 2014

    The number they leave out is how many are being sold. Not many because android is losing OEMs money. Look at how many cheap android tablets were produced and just sitting on the shelf. Plenty of them that were bought are now just sitting on the night stand collecting dust.
    • You got notomsnotonsa's attention, LD

      guess you're not supposed to interject any facts that may not play well with notomsnotonsa's inference that every single Android and Linux device ever produced is immediately sold, that there could never, ever be any sitting on shelves or stacked on pallets in warehouses.
      • microsoft troll present his vomit as facts

        another insane claim by microsoft troll.
    • What about telnet

      I think you forgot mention the need to recompile the kernel and the security issue with the open telnet port.
      Herby Stoukette
    • So what?

      Even if it is true that some companies are unsuccessful in selling Android does not diminish the fact that some are. Samsung does well as does Google selling their Nexus brands made by companies like LG. If companies like HTC or Sony lose money trying to compete, so what, as long as Google still supports Android, there were be Androids.

      And not of this diminishes the fact that they have sold over a billion.
      Rann Xeroxx
  • Android and Windows must be okay after all

    iOS works, but evidently so does Android and Windows! Judging by the numbers!
    • iOS and Android are

      Both are built on the back of Open Source Linux so of course they work!
      Windows continues it's downhill slide...
      • What?

        Yes, iOS and Android started out from Linux but their success has far less to do with open source and everything to do with billions and billions of R&D money poured into these products.

        And as far as your Microsoft hate, Windows cont. each year to earn Microsoft billions even as it twilights. Their enterprise business, centered around Windows Server, very healthy. Personally think RT will fail but only as a consumer product as I suspect Windows Server will be ported to ARMs for low powered servers. As with the release of Baytrail, Windows seems to have reached that technical hurdle they needed to be viable on light, low cost, mobile devices. There is a lot of excitement around small full Windows devices. Even the XBox has a Hyper-V core with multiple OSs, one of them being a light weight Windows running Metro apps.

        I would certainly like to fail like Microsoft does.
        Rann Xeroxx