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Microsoft set to be outdone by Google Android

Mar 30
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Microsoft set to be outdone by Google Android

by Oskar Marks

Microsoft is set to be overtaken by Google's Android in the coming years, according to new reports.

Analyst company IDC has revealed that the once dominant Windows devices are set to be outsold by Android by the year 2016 as more and more people start taking advantage of smartphone technology.

The major computing giant is set to see its leading market share slip from 35.9 per cent in 2011 to 25.1 per cent in the next five years. However, Google is set to profit from the rise of smartphones and will see its share grow from 29.4 per cent to 31.1 per cent.

Tom Mainelli, research director of Mobile Connected Devices, said: "Android's growth is tied directly to the propagation of lower-priced devices. So, while we expect dozens of hardware vendors to own some share in the Android market, many will find profitability difficult to sustain."

Google recently announced that it would be replacing its Android market, an application store, with the new Google Play which aims to bring all multimedia "under one roof".

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