When (Phone and Computer) Worlds Collide

The world is completely wiped out by a huge planetary collision but yet humans start a new life on Bronson Beta in “When Worlds Collide.”  Meanwhile, in actual Earth, the desktop computer has just been destroyed by a huge mobile phone collision.  But a new life is emerging where all kinds of consumer devices – cell phones, tables, and OK, there are still some desktops – live in harmony.  Let’s look at some key facts.

In March of 2017, the unthinkable happened: Microsoft Windows, still in full strength, became a minority.  Android became the most widely used operating system (OS) in the world.  It’s also worth noting that Apple’s desktop operating system, OS X, saw no increase in market share while it’s mobile OS has continued to rise slowly.  At worst, we can say it’s now a level playing field: no one type of computer is dominating overall.  But how did that happen?

Figure 1: Number of Global Users

Back in 2014, the number of mobile device users met and exceeded the number of desktop computer users.  But many people had both desktops and mobile devices, so the market share was still much larger.   If you’ll notice, there has simply been a gradual increase in smartphone use over the last ten years.  Still, desktop users have not just thrown their systems out the window and picked up phones.

Figure 3: Device Landscape

The present landscape is that most people using modern technology have multiple devices: desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches.  That has several implications in the marketplace.  For example, peripherals are no longer primarily USB and serial ports but rather a wide array of ports and sizes.  Repair shops need to expand their resources and train technicians on different kinds of devices in order to serve the masses.  This diversity gives consumers more options to suit their needs, but comes a cost.

About the Author:

I’m Ismail Jones, I’m a career web and mobile developer.  I stay busy raising kids and making powerful software.  I hope you all will realize that technology is just a platform and we should all aim for the highest goals in life however we can.

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