Have you noticed that in the mobile domain the use (not necessarily the popularity) of operating systems from different companies is exactly the reverse order as on the desktop!? Leaving RIM and Symbian aside for the moment as these OSes are not present on the desktop the order is as follows:
- Linux, known as Android from Google
- iOS from Apple
- Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft (with a huge gap to the second one)
And from what can be told today, I don't think this order is going to change anytime soon, neither in mobile nor the reverse order on the desktop.
4 thoughts on “Desktop Titans On Mobile In Reverse Order”
Yes, that’s interesting.
You could also add HP’s WebOS to the linux category, although this wouldn’t of course change that order.
Also, there is also the matter of nomenclature – is Android Linux? Kernel is more or less the same, but user space software is completely different.
Interestingly, this user space software is what makes Linux unpopular on desktops 😉
Isn’t the share of Linux on desktops more than Apple? Especially with whole countries adopting Linux on a massive scale for e-governance & other purposes. Add to that the developing/undeveloped countries where Linux is the choice (sometimes more popular than even Windows). I strongly feel that overall, Linux is far more popular than Mac OS X.
Personally, Id be delighted if Linux had a bigger market share but its unfortunately not the case. Have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems
RIM is an interesting case with QNX as the dark horse for which I see great things in the longer term; perhaps from a tie up with one of the big three? RIM has some unique features and a very influential and relatively loyal customer base. As a big BlackBerry fan (email, BBM, and efficient data usage for Internet apps) I’d like to see RIM continue.
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