Mobile Device OS

Determining the effective size and the competitive composition of the mobile operating system (OS) market is always a challenging venture for application developers and content publishers. This is especially true when it comes to forecasting on the future evolution of the market, since the reports that size and split the market based on, for example, user activity are only present snapshots, without much of an indication on the future trends. 

This study provides a data-centric view on the current mobile OS landscape, based on ABI Research's most recent forecasts on the installed base for each major operating system for the period of 2011-2018. The forecasts are presented separately for smartphones and tablets, and included are only devices that are considered to be in active use. The smartphone OS forecasts are also further broken down by geographic regions and selected countries. In addition to the forecasts and the related commentary, the final section of the report gives ABI Research's view on the most burning questions that loom over the mobile OS space in the short to medium term.

Table of Contents

  • 1. MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS IN 2013
    • 1.1. Smartphones
    • 1.2. Tablets
  • 2. INSTALLED BASE AND MARKET SHARE FORECASTS
    • 2.1. Methodology
    • 2.2. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018
    • 2.3. Installed Base of Tablets through 2018
    • 2.4. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: Western Europe
    • 2.5. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: Eastern Europe
    • 2.6. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: Asia-Pacific
    • 2.7. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: North America
    • 2.8. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: Latin America
    • 2.9. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: Middle East
    • 2.10. Installed Base of Smartphones through 2018: Africa
  • 3. MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS AND THE ROAD AHEAD
    • 3.1. Will Android Gain Traction in Tablets?
    • 3.2. Will Android Be Over-forked?
    • 3.3. Will There Be a Chinese OS?
    • 3.4. What Other Customization Opportunities Could Find Traction?
    • 3.5. What Will Samsung Do?

Tables

  1. Global Smartphone Installed Base by OS, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  2. Global Smartphone Installed Market Share by OS, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  3. Global Smartphone Installed Market Share by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  4. Global Tablet Installed Base by OS, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  5. Global Tablet Installed Market Share by OS, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  6. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Western Europe, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  7. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, France, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  8. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Germany, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  9. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Italy, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  10. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Spain, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  11. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, United Kingdom, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  12. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Eastern Europe, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  13. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Asia-Pacific, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  14. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, North America, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  15. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, United States, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  16. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Canada, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  17. Installed Base of Smartphones by OS, Latin America, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  18. Global Installed Base by OS, Middle East, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  19. Global Installed Base by OS, Africa, Forecast: 2011 to 2018

Charts

  1. Share of Smartphone Installed Base by Operating System, World Market, Forecast: 2013
  2. Share of Tablet Installed Base by Operating System, World Market, Forecast: 2013
  3. Installed Base of Smartphones by Operating System, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018
  4. Installed Base of Tablets by OS, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2018