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Android could hit a billion users in 2014

Android is set to pass 1 billion users across all devices in 2014, according to a report from Gartner.

Research firm Gartner has announced that Android will break one billion users across all devices this year. The Google-owned platform has already grown 26 per cent to 877 million in 2013, but Gartner has stated that Android will surpass this number over the next 12 months.

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It is expected that 75 per cent of users will come from emerging markets, where Android will be the number one choice for manufacturers producing budget smartphones and tablets.

Gartner believes that mobile phone shipments will increase to 1.9 billion units this year, which is a 5 percent increase on 2013.

And what’s the biggest and best out of all these devices? Gartner says that ‘Ultramobiles’, a segment which is comprised of tablets, hybrids, and clamshells, is expected to grow the fastest, at a rate of 54 per cent year-on-year.

Thanks to the increasing popularity of smaller sized tablets and lower retail places, Gartner has also said that the shipments of tablets will grow 47 per cent year-on-year. Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, has said: “Complimentary smaller tablets will take over from the larger tablet form factors, providing the added mobility that consumers desire at a lower cost and will compete with hybrids for consumer attention.” 

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