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Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Dave Parrack 27-07-2014

The emergence, and subsequent explosion in popularity, of smartphones has led to a new wave of mobile operating systems. In terms of market share, Android is currently leading the pack, followed by iOS, with Windows Phone trailing in third, and BlackBerry Living with a BlackBerry: Lame Duck or Genuine Android Alternative? The new BlackBerry Z10 is certainly impressive – but how does using it compare with using a new Android or Windows Phone handset? I decided to find out. Read More just about hanging in there.


The question is, which of these mobile operating systems do you think will ultimately win out? Will all of them survive far into the future? Or will a new mobile OS appear over the horizon to challenge the might of Apple, Google, and Microsoft?

Windows Wins… D’oh!

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Will Be Your Next Computer Purchase?”

Out of a total of 867 votes, 38.8% chose Windows PC, 22% chose Apple Mac, 5.8% chose Chromebook, 9.6% chose Linux Computer, 21.3% chose I’m Building My Own PC, and 3% chose Other.

This is a strong win for Windows, which shouldn’t really come as any great surprise. Despite its continual missteps of late Microsoft, You’re Embarrassing Yourself. Please Stop. [Opinion] Microsoft: we need to talk. Yes, it’s about those Scroogle ads. No, I don’t think they’re funny, and no: I don’t think Google is worried about them. Read More , Microsoft can still rely on plenty of people sticking with Windows; maybe out of habit, maybe out of preference, maybe out of comfort with what they already know.

However, almost a quarter of you chose Apple Mac, which suggests we have a higher proportion of Mac users here at MakeUseOf than we should expect. That 22 percent is a lot higher than the 7 percent market share Mac commands overall. No wonder our Mac section is so popular.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Stijn J, Peter F, and ed. Comment Of The Week goes to Samuel A, who won with this comment:

My ‘next’ purchase is still – I believe – a long way down the road. After a few long months, I made the switch from Windows to Mac last March.
There are plenty of blogs and discussion forums with sufficient threads covering which is better – Windows or Mac – but having spent more than 15 years with Windows and around 150 days with Mac, my quick reasoning is as follows:
Sure, Windows has come a long way since I first started with Win95; it gave us W98 (great), XP and 7… and now W8; but between those, we got a couple of OS which definitely let us all down. I enjoyed W7, I don’t mind the huge paradigm jump in W8, but OSX just felt right from the beginning: smooth, clean, easy to use, easy to install things (free….). Now mix that with a pretty good laptop (i5, 2.4G, 8Gb RAM, 256 SSD, awesome retina display) and you’ve got yourself a great laptop. And then there’s the trackpad… ahh, the trackpad.
Sure, it’s expensive when compared to many laptops on the market. Where I’m from, there’s probably 50-100 different options spread out in different stores. But I still haven’t found a single laptop which offers similar specs at a significantly lower price: same ram, same ssd, same battery life. Can anybody help with that?
I use Windows at work and I expect that is the case for many, but it’s just a lot more fun to come home and work on my Mac. If personal computers/laptops are still a thing in 5 years – and if for some reason I need to buy a new one – I’m sure I’ll continue with Mac.

We chose this comment because it’s an impassioned argument for buying a Mac Buying a Refurbished Mac? 10 Things You Need to Know Looking to buy a refurbished Mac? Here are several important points you should know about the process. Read More from someone who has only recently switched away from Windows. As someone who personally finds Macs too expensive to consider, this was an intriguing comment to read. Perhaps I need to start saving up.

Mobile Melee

This week’s poll is all about mobile operating systems, of which there are an increasing number. The main players are currently Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, but there are others, such as Firefox OS How To Run Firefox OS Apps In Your Android Browser You can now install Firefox OS apps on Android. Firefox for Android supports Mozilla's "Open Web Apps," allowing you to install and run Firefox OS apps directly on an Android device. Read More and Tizen Apple At WWDC 2014: iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite, John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality [Tech News Digest] Apple unveils iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, Samsung unveils Tizen smartphone, MySpace remembers, Reset the Net gets set, Chromebooks go on the march, new IFTTT channels are exposed, and John Oliver... Read More , joining the battle.


We simply want to know which of these will eventually win the war of the mobile operating systems. It could be argued Android already has done so thanks to its current dominance, but iOS is still the first choice of many people, Windows Phone is growing, and BlackBerry has a small chance of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Meaning it’s all still to play for.

Remember, this poll isn’t necessarily about which mobile OS you personally prefer, but which you think stands the most chance of knocking out all of the competition.

Please use the poll above to tell us which mobile operating system you think will win the war, and then take to the comments section below to tell us why you think Android will eventually smash all-comers, or why iOS will push back against the interlopers, etc. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.


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  1. Jason
    August 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I was a Windows 8 hater, but it finally won me over. 8.1 was a huge improvement, and when I got a new PC for my wife, it came with.

    My wife is non-techy. I noticed that she spent 99% of her time in Metro. To think of the time I wasted finding her a cool desktop wallpaper. Then I got an Asus T100 for my kid. Set it up, played with it... 2 weeks later I got myself a Dell Venue Pro 8.

    I'm loving it. Unlike my Nexus tablet, it's zippy fast. The battery lasts all weekend. I do as much as possible in the Metro side, and have gotten used to it. When I NEED the desktop, it's there. So I can SSH into my customer's linux boxes, develop with XAMPP, etc... One Note ROCKS.

    Speaking of which, I come from using Android tablets, phones, etc... Windows 8.1 has made me realize what a slow pig Android is. After some initial fumbling with the touch interface on Win8, I now find that going back to my S4 is jarring.

    If you need to buy Office for your business, it's $219.00. This tablet was less than that with a full copy of Office 2013 Home & Business. You can install that on 5 PC's and 5 tablets. Heck of a deal.

    Now, I want a new Windows phone. Just waiting for the Sept 4 announcement of the new models before I make the plunge.

  2. Corky McGraw
    August 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I think that Android has already won, however ... ultimately I don't think it's going to matter. Over the past few years, innovation with cell phones has been at a lull. Sure, new versions of phone (and tablet and?) come out but there hasn't been some big new thing in awhile. When some big new thing does come out, it's some new sensor that allows you to monitor your heart rate ... a fingerprint sensor ... nothing that really pushes the envelope at all. It also seems like all the new phones are exactly the same as the old one, just a slightly different size, a better camera, different screen resolution.

    I think that in the next few years, something unexpected is going to hit and everything as we know it now will change. Then, we'll look back and laugh about how we used to debate iOS vs Android vs. Windows vs. Blackberry vs. Firefox vs. GoodnessJustHowManyAreThereNow?

  3. Matthew Destasio
    August 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

    My biggest concern is always going to be reliability. When I need my smartphone, I don't want to hope it doesn't freeze or stall in the middle of a process. And for that reason, I haven't bought an Android since I moved to Windows Phone. To be fair, that was 3 years ago. But the phone I moved away from was the Galaxy S (1st Gen). A little dated even then, but it was supposed to be a flagship Android phone. I've since played around with Androids from Samsung, HTC, and LG and, over the years, I haven't been able to use anything from Android as quickly and worry free as even my old HTC Radar, which was among the first phones Windows launched when it rebooted its smartphone play. Even after years of use and abuse, my HTC Radar was still out performing my girlfriends Galaxy S 3 within two months of her owning it.

    The reality is, at least for me, that Andoid has been incapable of freeing their OS of the sluggish, unreliable reputation its received, at least when compared to faster, smoother operating systems from both Apple and Microsoft.

    As far as Apple goes, I honestly just haven't had the chance to really play around with a newer iPhone enough to do a detailed comparison. I know that, from what I've experienced, it doesn't feel as intuitive as Windows, but I'm clearly biased.

    The apps will come. With the launch of the Lumia 635 Windows has seen an impressive jump in sales, which is a continued pattern since their big play for the low-end market, which is gaining them the interest from developers they truly need to be seen as viable competition.

    My biggest concern with Windows is that they wont innovate enough. The OS is phenomenal. I would never type out this much using any android phone that I've used, but Windows is really strong in the comfort they provide in their product, so I'm able to type this entire (entirely too long) comment without any issue whatsoever. While thats clearly their strongest point, one of their weakest seems to be their lack of introducing new, cutting edge ideas, like thumb print unlock or eye-enabled scrolling. I've read rumors about Windows working on a very intuitive set of new features in their next flagship phone, most notably something called 3D touch, which will add many sensors to the phones display, allowing users to answer the phone by putting it to their ear, put it on speaker by setting it face up on a surface, and many more really interesting ideas. Unfortunately the most recent news says the new technology didn't do so well in testing, so its on the backburner. I think this could really hurt windows in the long run, because they really haven't done anything to innovate and capture the attention of a wide range of smart phone shoppers. Granted, these all seem like gimmicks to me. Some will fade, others may have some serious lasting power. But they certainly boost sales and generate the right attention.

    Regardless, to answer the original question, I obviously don't think anyone will 'win', but I definitely see Android continuing to rule market share for the next 2-3 years, with Windows cutting in and taking another 10-20% in that time frame, but only if they can manage to make a few big plays happen. I never know what to make of iPhone, it truly feels boring in my hands, but I grew up around iPod touches so the interface is entirely too familiar. I couldn't predict what's going to happen to their share, but I don't think its in any danger, as I continue to see people steering away from Android more and more. Android will win the battle, but the war should end up being between Windows and Apple. Thats my 99 cents.

  4. Samuel A
    July 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I chose 'Other' because this is a question with no easy answer. There are just too many variables and factors to determine if one single OS will dominate the market in the near to distant future. Right now, there's a fair share of articles on OS dominating the market and the same can be said for Android. I don't think the same can be said for Windows.

    What seems most hypothetically possible right now is that Android will be around for quite some time. The hardware offer is just too diverse to conceive that Android will dissapear. You have multiple manufacturers (Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, etc, etc, etc) running Android right now - new and obsolete versions of the OS - and people with a low budget will continue to invest in phones running Android because they're used to it and don't need anything significantly better than they have now.

    Then you have iOS, running on a limited number of hardware options when compared to Android. However, with iOS it seems that often once you're an iOS user you continue as an iOS user - pardon the repetition. Those who love Apple will buy Apple; those who owned a Mac computer probably bought the phone and will contine to do so over any Andorid option. Now with a deeper integration between OSX and iOS, the bond will be greater. What you also frequently see is that a lot of people are making the move from Android to iOS, or at least those that usually consider buying a so-called flag-ship phone. Also, as Apple makes its move into markets it had not yet been in - India, China - their potential market also increases and gives the OS greater power.

    I don't consider specs to be the game changer in this argument. That is, I don't think any iOS will ultimately dominate because they're associated to better specs. Usually iPhones and Samsung Galaxys, for example, are release half a year a part. So what today is top of the line for one and obsolete for the other, will be reversed half a year later.

    It really does come down to preference and tendencies, and there's just too many fans on each side of the rope for me to think one end is going to absorb all of other team's players. I don't think iOS wil significantly lose any of its currently market; what could happen, however, is the emergence of an unexpected competitor, becoming an ally with a leading manufacturer, and introducing an unquestionably awesome OS/hardware offer thereby taking a fair share of the Android market. Who knows?

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      No one knows, of course, but you have done a cracking job of trying to explain your position. I think there's a very strong chance another operating system will emerge to challenge the three leading platforms. The question is, what will it be?

    • Samuel A
      July 31, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I honestly don't see anyone able to make that kind of impact. Maybe Samsung - with all it's glory with the Galaxy S line - decides to abandon Android and go solo for an OS development project. Unless there's some financial issue I'm not aware of, I don't see why that wouldn't be a possibility. They could always run - SOS (Samsung Operating System) - on their main devices, and continue to run a lighter, customed Android on their other Samsung devices. Just a thought :)

  5. ed
    July 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

    If we choose to learn from history, the dominant mobile OS will be (or already is) the one that that uses the MS playbook.

    MS had both DOS and Windows as the dominant OS because of several factors:
    1. They appealed to the masses by having tons of software available.
    2. They had a large marketing hype machine.
    3. They were available to be used by a large portion of OEMS.

    Apple has 1 and 2 covered, but they will never allow their OS to run on another manufacturer's equipment. That is why their desktop market share has remained small, and that is why their mobile OS market share will never compete with Android.

    While Blackberry used to have 1 and 2, they are slowly, but surely beginning to lack in those factors. Add the fact that they too will not allow their platform to be on other OEMs equipment and they are sure to fail within the next 24 months.

    MS fights the long, long war. They currently have #2 covered, but are still lacking in 1 and 3. But it doesn't matter. They will never give up on mobile. They fought the long war in video games and slowly climbed from #3 to arguably #1 now despite their XBOX division still not turning a profit. They will, over many, many years build up their OEMs and their software apps store. In maybe 5, or 10 years they will slowly overtake Apple to gain the #2 spot, but will remain there.

    Google's Android has gained such a foothold as the dominant mobile OS simply because they followed Microsoft's playbook. They got tons of developers to write software for their platform. They continue to market their mobile OS and add value and services to it. And they continue to allow and have many manufacturers building the hardware that drives their OS into the number 1 spot. Just like Microsoft with their desktop OS, Google will hold the number 1 spot with Android for a long time to come.

    There will always be competing OSs, but the company that masters all three points above for the duration of the fight will always hold the #1 spot.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      That's a nice analysis of what it takes to win the operating system wars. I wouldn't bet against your predictions coming true either.

  6. Xoandre
    July 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I selected "Other," now here's why:

    For me, it all comes down to 2 primary aspects - usability and affordability.

    First off, let me say that i have never used either an Apple iPhone nor a Windows Phone, so I am speaking about Android exclusively.

    I need a phone that works as a TELEPHONE first and foremost. If it cannot receive or make or keep connected during a phone call, the what use is it?

    It would be nice to have a phone that responds to input, be it touch-based or keypad.
    Having a touch-based OS, it must be fast, responsive, intuitive, and stable.

    One thing that drives instability on Android phones is all of the inherent bloatware that Google fills it with. Google+, Google Play Services, and something called "Black hole" seem incessant and never turn off.

    Aside: Recently, when I am in the midst of an app/game/email, Android switches to a black screen for 30 seconds, then shows the alert "Google Play Has Stopped Responding." I was not even aware that Google Play had been running, and had not even launched the program within the past 24 hours.

    So, Stability is a concern. Instabilities bring ruin to the usability of a device.

    There are thousands of models of Android-based phones. There are about a dozen Windows-based phones, and about 6 Apple-based phones.

    Those 6 Apple-based phones just cost too much. This is the primary reason I never consider Apple - they are far and beyond what I can ever afford.

    The dozen-or-so Windows-based phones - well, frankly, I have nothing to say about them, because I have never used one.

    The Android phones are everywhere. They are available in high-end thousand-dollar models, as well as low-end $30 pre-paid phone designs.

    While I would love to get my hands on any high-end phone, most of them come with a hook: the contract. The overall price per month on a contract high-end cell phone is exceedingly expensive (from my perspective).

    I use a Tracfone Prepaid ZTE Valet - a clone of the Samsung Galaxy Centura. It works well enough, but does not inspire any loyalty nor confidence in Android. It has been stable and usable (for the most part) for the past 9 months of ownership.

    If any of these (or even Blackberry - which I thought was dead) becomes stable, affordable, and available to me the next time I am ready for a change in my cell phone, I would happily entertain the idea of finding a new device in any OS.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Choosing Other suggests you believe the ultimate mobile OS is none of the above. So are there any new ones on the horizon you think have a chance of upsetting the apple cart?

  7. Eric Spitzfaden
    July 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Windows Phone? Quit kidding around people. We already know Apple won.

    Apple has many, high quality apps, cross platform integration (mobile to desktop) and seamless product line.

    With Android, you are left out in the cold, waiting for your phone vendor to upgrade your OS (Curse you HTC!). Too many of the apps are not high quality and there are so many different versions of the OS to contend with.

    Windows Phone, just doesn't have enough quality apps. There is just so much I use that I can't have on Windows Phone. Microsoft is also losing desktop wars also, by constantly changing the UI and ditching the OS that worked (XP).

    It's already over. The future belongs to Apple.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      The current market shares suggest otherwise, with Android securing around 80% of the smartphone total. Apple is a long way in second place.

  8. Saahil Khan
    July 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I think Windows phone wil knock Android and IOS down. The reason is simple. It has best of both worlds. It is customizable but within a limit. Just changing the accent color brings about a hell lot of change.
    That was customizability. Now updates. Well I think that Android is worst in providing updates. Apple provides updates to devices only 3 years old. Older devices though capable do not receive the latest update. Microsoft only once did not provide proper update that was when it shifted their kernel(mind you it's different than Droid kernel) to NT kernel(on which Windows XP is based). Otherwise now even the Lumia 520 the cheapest Windows phone gets the 8.1 update. And it will most probably received the Windows 9 update as newer devices just have quad core processors with the same ram. The processors too are Snapdragon 200 or 400 which I feel are worse than the S4 processors.
    Also Windows phone has potential of having a UI just like Windows XP(maybe an Easter egg).
    To prove my point that Windows phone has best of Android and IOS,I take the example of Cortana. On many sites she has been described to have the best features of Siri(personality) and Google now(doing work even before asking) plus some exclusives(accurate world cup predictions, people reminders).
    Next comes the apps. IOS had most apps followed by Android. But most apps are made to accomplish the same tasks. For example, there are only 4 or 5 Facebook apps on Windows phone, there are 15-20 or maybe more on Android and IOS. And just think of the time when you used PC(Windows or Mac), did you have a requirement of a Facebook app? No.
    Then comes the games. This is the only area where I feel Windows is lagging behind. But that will change soon. In fact the games you would play on your Windows PC or Xbox you would play it on your phone. And there are also chances of an Android emulator app or better maybe IOS emulator app on Windows phone that will in the short term benefit the users. Of course these emulators would be made by third party.
    Note-repeated use of Windows XP does not mean I am the fan of the OS. I have used "Windows XP" rather than "Windows desktop"so that it's relevant to most people.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      You make some very valid points in favor of Windows Phone. It's still a tough ask to climb from 3% market share when you have Android and iOS so well established already.

  9. Stijn J
    July 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I don't see one mobile OS dominate the mobile marking the coming decade as Windows did for the PC-era. I even think it will be a more diverse market than we have now with serious contenders like Firefox OS, Tizen, Sailfish, etc.

    On top of that; for the moment the Chinese (and Indian) market is solely producing Androidphones, but I wouldn't surprise me to see new OS's coming from this part of the world in a few years.

    The better developer is the one anticipating that kind of change. Not focusing on one platform, but making sure it runs smoothly on as many platforms as possible. I was a big fan of HTML5 for that kind of stuff, but I hear more and more critical votes about the possibilities of that language. I sure hope that manufacturers can find a compromise so the end-user doesn't have to be punished once he makes a choice for a certain platform.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Out of the new contenders -- such as Tizen and Firefox OS -- which do you give the best chances of getting a foothold?

  10. Peter F
    July 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

    This is a very hard question to answer. As an android fanboy, I would like to think that I have chosen the "winner" by immersing myself in the world of Google.
    However, I have my doubts.
    As android continues to evolve, both big and small changes will occur. Some of these will be welcome, but as history shows, some will be turn offs and drive people away.
    This has been seen with Microsofts windows 8, trying to bridge the gap between desktop and hand held devices.
    Blackberry, in my opinion, has an awful lot to do, including a couple of miracles, to bring itself back into line with the big hitters and will probably concentrate on certain types of users (business types etc).
    Then there's Apple.
    A Company that that made the odd error (as have every company) but continues to keep a similar looking/usable in-house device that has not changed a lot in many years.
    They seem to know what works and sticks to it without fail.
    Apple, google are probably the biggest hitters right now and will still be around for the foreseeable future in their current forms.
    Microsoft and Blackberry will probably aim themselves at smaller markets... I can see them both fighting for the $$$'s of businesses rather than teenagers and the like.
    Does this leave space for somebody new to take the crown?
    I would like to think so.
    A big bang in the mobile world to shake up the complacency of the big names could force people to re-think what they want from their devices and the capabilities.
    Ultimately, I don't think ONE company will win out and competition will always force those involved to try that bit harder to get our money.
    That way we, the USERS, will win, by having better machineswith more capabilities for less money

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Competition is almost always a force for good, and it's ensuring all of the three main competitors at the moment are incrementally improving their operating systems.

  11. Emmanuel Fordjour
    July 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I'm not much of a windows phone user as a don't own a WP now, though I've used some in the past. Compare that to android I prefer WP. It's fast and fluid and does not lag like my Galaxy S2 does even with just 512mb ram.

  12. Paul
    July 28, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Windows phone. Have used all three in the last five years. The Windows phone is my favorite. Easy interface. I call it my dumb Smartphone. Syncs to my office with no hassles. If you want games, get iPhone. If you want to communicate or work- go Windows.

  13. William C
    July 28, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I think Apple is making a good move as they combine their iOS with OS X. Soon the phones, TV, and computers will all be fully interoperable and work well together. This should give Apple a real advantage over the next several years. Nobody else is moving in this direction.

    • Paul
      July 28, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Windows phone. Have used all three in the last five years. The Windows phone is my favorite. Easy interface. I call it my dumb Smartphone. Syncs to my office with no hassles. If you want games, get iPhone. If you want to communicate or work- go Windows.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Actually, Google and Microsoft are moving in the same directions, trying to merge their operating systems so that they work across a range of devices. Which means it's more about which company will prove to be the most successful at doing so.

  14. Joseph
    July 28, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I think that the industry is for windows and ios since they have support with their laptops and pcs and tablets and you can make your phone an extension of your laptop or pc, even though windows phone is the newest, they have a lot of potential, dont forget you can pair it with your xbox, in time the market share will go to windows ( just because microsoft is almost everywhere) and in second place to ios and third to android since i dont see where it can fit cause both ios and windows phone can do the things of an android phone plus a lot more, since you can have an iphone and ipad and a macbook and an apple tv all paired together and also you can have a windows phone a windows laptop a windows tablet and an xbox all paired together..... But android well just your android phone your tablet and some sort of "laptop" that is like a big tablet, thats their huge weakness. Dont forget all the programs and games windows and apple have not just apps like android.....i cant see myself working and playing with only android but in fact y can do that with apple or windows

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      You're forgetting Chrome OS, which plays nicely with Android and could one day be merged with it.

  15. Hildy J
    July 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    First, let's be clear - Apple didn't "create" the space, they popularized the space among non-business users. Of the listed OSs, both Microsoft and Blackberry were there years before Apple.

    As to a winner, as things stand now, Android has a clear lead. Of course, so did Symbian and Apple used to dominate the personal computer market. If Microsoft is successful in their One Windows strategy, I think they will come to dominate the market; if not, Android will continue for the foreseeable future. In either case, Apple's iPhone will become a niche product like the Mac.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      You really believe Windows Phone will rise from its current 3% market share to dominate the space?

  16. Jefft
    July 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Windows Phone! Smooth, simple and getting more attention and apps everyday. More developers will come aboard with Windows One.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      How quickly do you think it will grow? Will it be a slow and steady rise or rapid and spiky?

  17. Samir Parikh
    July 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I have been a Windows user all my life, recently I switched to a Macbook Air. The OS or the Apple badge is not something that necessarily drove me to the Macbook Air. It was rather the low weight of the laptop and my bad back !

    Anyway, whether by accident or design, I know am fortunate to have used both the systems and my take is that Windows is still better. Mac with the OSX is not lacking in anyway, however it is not without its bugs. All Apple programs and the OS itself has its own share of bugs but with Apple's loyal fan base, no one dares mention any bugs, these are confined to the discussion threads on forum boards rather than being highlighted elsewhere.

    Windows on the other hand, can do everything right but any small bug is magnified many times citing Windows as a poor OS. This is unfair in a way.

    In the future, I would guess that Windows will grow better and with the sheer quantity of varied software and the large user base, will drive ahead.

    It is sad that that a good OS, there isn't great matching hardware. This perhaps and I would contend undisputedly, Apple get it right, they have a good OS but actually they have great hardware.

    If only Windows got the same hardware engineers and delivered a great piece of kit, the match would be like hand and glove and then you would see how Windows shines.

    To close, it would be fair to state that this is an endless discussion. For now I am happy using the Mac OSX (because of the Macbook Air) and when someone shows me an equally robust windows ultrabook (low weight and long batter life being my key drivers) - I will happily switch back to Windows.

    • hi
      July 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      "If only Windows got the same hardware engineers and delivered a great piece of kit"

      You mean like the Surface Pro 3 or even the Surface 2? Done!

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      This was a solid comment. Unfortunately, the discussion at hand was about mobile operating systems and not desktop operating systems. But thanks for your input anyway!

  18. Cagatay Kaya
    July 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Eventually but with a big "if", Android can win. But there is a lot of "if"s...

    If they can handle freezing problems with lower spec phones, and you know even flagships can't handle their workload sometimes.
    If they can handle play store problems, like commenting section or low quality etc.
    If they can solve update issues. I know manufacturing companies change Android features and this is making problematic the update issue but Google must have a solution for this because even with Nexus series people can have serious update issues with different country settings.

    IOS is simple, compact and shining OS. Updates are frequently and painless. Android can't win this war without winning those bases. And Windows Phone? We all know there is no future for that. Even with all this hype devs don't produce enough apps for that platform and we all know, there are smart phones and there are smart phones with cool apps.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      The poll result would suggest you're in the minority in thinking "there is no future" for Windows Phone. Apps are important, sure, but they're not the be-all and end-all.

  19. dragonmouth
    July 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    "Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out?"
    Ultimately it only matters to the companies that back each O/S. O/S should be transparent and non-intrusive.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Well, it also matters to those who have invested in each operating system. The market leader is more likely to enjoy support for years to come, and apps to be developed for their systems.

  20. Nick
    July 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I think it's silly to say "which one will win out" there is simply no way one mobile OS could take 100% of the market just like the PC market.

    the question should really be which OS do you prefer and why. looking at it from that stand point I much prefer Android due to its flexibility. not being able to have widgets on the home screen and the note 3 screen size definitely swayed me from even thinking out Apple.

    Apple on the other hand is dumbed down and "simplier" but as I'm a computer repair technician, i run into lots of people that can't figure out iOS to save their lives.

    neither will be dominate especially as long as apple keeps their "brand" going. Samsung has done a really good job of taking notches out of that brand, but apple has proven to be a marketing machine at the right times. Innovative? not so much but they know how to make commercials

    • Mike Matras
      July 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      How can you say they are not innovative. They created the space, they invent and everyone copies. As far as dumbed down explain yourself? Just because you can't tweek every aspect of the IOS makes it dumb? Maybe for a geek but the majority just want a great user experience. As far as those that can't figure out IOS maybe they should stick to two cans and a string. Your statements are contradictory,...if IOS is dumbed down and they can't figure it out how than are they going to understand Fragmadriod. Give them the flexibility you claim IOS is lacking and there is no hope for these poor folks. Sorry maybe there is...smoke signals!

    • Db
      July 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Apple Fanboy Alert >> Mike Matras: Its OK Mike, Apple is good, Android is good, Windows will be good. Have you taken a deep dive of the patents surrounding cell phones & mobile OS's? If yes, please inform the readers (of course provide links) that supports your opinion of others stealing/copying from Apple.

      I look forward to your response. Have a great week ahead...and remember, you are at your happiest when you are helping others.

    • Dave P
      July 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      It's not so much about which will take 100% of the market as which will end up dominating. Right now there is a definite 1-2-3, with others vying for the scraps. This poll was seeking to discover whether that's likely to change.