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Android to remain champ, Windows to pick up steam in 2013

  • Mariel Grazella

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 5 2013   /  10:41 am

The battle between smartphone operating systems, propelled by a slew of new devices released by manufacturers, will heat up the market dominated by Google’s Android.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) Indonesia projected that Android would remain atop of the market with the Windows system gathering momentum.

“We expect Android to [have] around 55 percent of the market share in terms of phone shipments in 2013,” said IDC Indonesia head of operations Sudev Bangah recently.

Bangah added that the market share of Windows could rise to above 8 percent as more smartphone manufacturers embrace Windows 8, the latest version of the operating system.

Last year, Android dominated the operating system market with a share of 56 percent. Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry trailed behind with a 37 percent share, followed by Windows with a 2 percent share, a...