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Tablets to push growth in 'lite' OS device shipments

Hyderabad: The global shipments of portable Internet devices running on 'lite' operating systems (OS) is set to reach 150 million per year by 2015. As per research firm Ovum's latest forecast, shipment of devices based on lite OS will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60 percent.

Lite OS is used in devices of Apple's iOS, Google's Android and RIM's BlackBerry Tablet OS and include tablet devices such as the iPad and the BlackBerry PlayBook as well as clamshell and convertible form factors. Tony Cripps, Principal Analyst, Ovum said, "This huge growth in shipments will be dominated by tablet-style technologies such as the iPad and will mainly be driven by consumers buying devices to complement their smartphones. This will either be as a 'third device' where there is a high-penetration PCs or the primary computing device where there is low-penetration."

The prediction further says that in the next four years, the maximum penetration of tablet and other mobile devices will be in the North American and Western European markets. North America will account for 23 percent of device shipments while the latter will get 19 percent of the pie. However, the region of Asia Pacific will account for 35 percent of all such device shipments in 2015.

Ovum's research also suggests that by the end of the forecast period Android will likely takeover Apple's iOS as the dominating operating system in the market. Cripps added, "We believe that Apple constituted 90 percent of the market in 2010. However, by 2015 we expect this market share to drop to 35 percent and Google's market share to rise to 36 percent.


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