This time next year, which mobile platform do you think will be in the lead? I would go for… OK, I have no idea.
Am I being controversial if I say.... Android? No, I didn't think so. It can't be overtaken in a year.
If Windows 8 gets leverage on Mobile and Desktop, eventually, it will be interesting to see just who's market share is affected the most. My guess - Android's. Surveys suggest that Android users are more likely to change brand or OS than Apple users and satisfaction levels are a little higher with iOS, too.
What's more, Apple was always identified by users as the 'anti-Microsoft' (although that was always nonsense), which might mean they are less likely to jump ship to an MS product.
Personally, I've always been a Windows user and I find it a much better experience than MacOS - and I own a Macbook Air!
I suspect that Android will remain my OS of choice.I will keep an eye on Windows Phone just in case the Metro UI decides to improve substantially.
One can always hope that a new player will enter the arena. How about Palm OS 7? As if that could ever happen...
I expect things to be pretty much the way they are now. Apple will be the top manufacturer but Android will likely lead in pure numbers of devices. Although a mini-iPad could definitely cut into some of those smaller Android tablets.
In a year, Android.
In two years, MS if they don't screw up too much.
In three years, MS even if they screw up quite a bit.
That's because MS can leverage their desktop and (to a lesser extent) MS Office position, and they're finally realising that they need to do that.
They also have the best development tools in the business and there are millions of developers who already know how to use them, crucial if their app store is to be a success, which is crucial to leverage their desktop dominance in the mobile space.
Google's doing ok in challenging MS Office but it's slow progress, and neither Google nor Apple are seriously challenging MS in the desktop space (I'm not talking quality; I'm talking market share). Apparently both are pretty poor in terms of development tools.
Bob, Samsung sells way more smartphones than Apple: http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/07/samsung-sells-50-million-smartphones-a-quarter-twice-as-many-as-apple/
Probably a Doro. The best system in its class.
I think it'll be much like it is now. Though I would like to see Apple push the envelope somewhat to keep the others on their toes. Personally, I'll stick with Android. Microsoft will have to sell me well to get me to change. I love Apple products, but it's those few wee widgets I use that keep me put.