Linux-enabled mobile devices, led by the success of Google’s Android and upcoming Chrome OSs, will comprise 62% of the operating systems shipping in all (non-smartphone) mobile devices by 2015, according to Linux for Mobile Devices, a new study by ABI Research of Scottsdale, Arizona.
“The number of Linux-oriented initiatives recently seen in the mobile industry indicates that Linux will be a key technology in the next generation of netbooks, media tablets, and other mobile devices,” says Victoria Fodale, senior analyst at ABI Research.
Despite the growing number of Linux distributions in the mobile market, Linux has a unified base of upstream components, most notably the Linux kernel, says Fodale.
Multiple application ecosystems – provided by Google’s Android and Chrome OSs, MeeGo, and Palm’s webOS – ride on top of the unified Linux components. This model enables companies to share the cost of research and development, yet differentiate their offerings in the marketplace.
Another new study from ABI forecasts that revenue from mobile video services is expected to top $2 billion worldwide in 2013, according to another study from from ABI Research. Video services included in this forecast are video telephony, video messaging, video sharing, video-on-demand, VoD downloads, and other video services.
“Video services revenue will only amount to about $121 million this year,” says senior analyst Mark Beccue. “But the growth curve is very steep indeed, and will only continue to accelerate through the end of our forecast period in 2015.”
Consumers’ appetite for mobile infotainment, sparked by the availability of 3G networks, is one of the main drivers for this market. This will only increase as MNOs move to 4G. At the same time, the proliferation of connected mobile devices means more screens in the hands of subscribers.