Chart: Operating system - Worldwide Devices Shipments

Take a look at some interesting facts, charts and figures on the theme Operating system - Worldwide Devices Shipments here. An operating system (OS) is a collection of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is a vital component of the system software in a computer system. Application programs usually require an operating system to function. (Source: What is the current situation in sales - and the outlook of operating systems to the future? On how many new devices will they be installed every year? Devices here include notebooks and desk-based PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones.

Operating system - Worldwide Devices Shipments: 2017

Android: 1.469 (billions)

Windows: 570.937 (millions)

iOS/MacOS: 504.147 (millions)

RIM: 24.121 (millions)

Others: 396.959 (millions)

By this amount changed the number of Smartphones with Android in the World since the moment you came to this page:

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Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance: a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008. (Source:

Microsoft Windows is a series of graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. Microsoft introduced an operating environment named Windows on November 20, 1985 as a graphical operating system shell for MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUI). Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal computer market with over 90% market share, overtaking Mac OS, which had been introduced in 1984. (Source:

iOS (previously iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple Inc. Originally released in 2007 for the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms, it has been extended to support other Apple devices such as the iPad and Apple TV. Unlike Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android, Apple does not license iOS for installation on non-Apple hardware. (Source:

Chart: Operating system - Worldwide Devices Shipments - 2014

On the graph below you can see market shares (sales) of main operating systems as they were predicted for the year 2014.

Operating system - Worldwide Devices Shipments: 2014

Android: 1.07 (billions)

Windows: 397.533 (millions)

iOS/MacOS: 359.483 (millions)

RIM: 27.15 (millions)

Others: 702.786 (millions)

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Main sources of data: Gartner, 2013. Read more about data sources.


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