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Android’s smart connected devices will help topple PC era by 2016

by Kristen Nicole

Android is on the rise, doing its part to topple the Windows PC market, which is expected to see a sharp decline in 2016 according to the latest IDC report. With the PC era losing dominance between 2011 and 2016, mobile devices from Android and Apple will fill that void. Android devices using ARM chips, as opposed to the Intel chips that once ruled the PC scene, will grow from a 29.4 percent share in 2011 to a leading 31.1 percent share in 2016. Apple devices, on the other hand, are expected to grow from a 14.6 percent market share in 2011 to a 17.3 percent share in 2016.

That leaves plenty of room for smart, connected devices, which are taking over the functions of desktop and laptop computers. But it’s not all roses for Android players, as competition amidst manufacturers will remain fierce in their attempts to appeal to the customer’s wallet. “While we expect dozens of hardware vendors to own some share in the Android market, many will find profitability difficult to sustain,” says Tom Mainelli, research director of mobile connected devices at IDC. Nearly 1 billion smart connected devices shipped in 2011, with that number expected to double by 2016.

Oracle turns down Google’s offer for Android payout

With Android shipments also on the rise, you’d think that Oracle would at least consider the latest deal offered to them by Google as a settlement for the Java infringement case it brought against the Android maker in 2010. Google proposed to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue if Oracle could prove patent infringement of the mobile operating technology at an upcoming trial, but alas, Oracle turned them down, saying the offer was too low. The low-balling offer started at $2.8 million in damages for the two remaining patents in the case, with future payments amounting to 0.5 percent of Android revenue on one patent until it expires this December, and 0.015 percent on the second patent through April 2018, when it expires as well.

In true Oracle fashion, the software maker would rather see this case go to court. The trial is set for April 16th before U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco. He’s asked both companies to come up with ways to streamline the trial, which is expected to last about eight weeks. That’s where Google’s settlement proposal comes in, though it appears they may have to up their offer if Oracle is to take them seriously. Google has circumvented the bulk of the royalty fees related to Android device patents, as Microsoft has already cornered the majority of Android OEMs to pay licensing fees for every device sold.