Android market share moves past 80%

Today in Open Source: Android market share hits 80%. Plus: Fedora 20 beta screenshot tour, and is it hard to switch to Linux?

Android Market Share

Android's market share has grown to more than 80%, according to IDC as reported by Ostatic.

Google's Android mobile operating system hit a big milestone during the third quarter of 2013, according to the (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. With a total base of 211.6 million smartphone units shipped during the quarter, Android accounted for 81.0 percent of all smartphone shipments, marking the first time that Android topped 80 percent in its short history.

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Wow, that's quite a high number. Google must be doing something right. But isn't Samsung the one making most of the profits from Android? That must gall Google when they see this market share number.

Fedora 20 Beta Screenshot Tour

The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of the Fedora 20 beta release.

The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat, open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from open source software.

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Is Switching to Linux Difficult?

A reader asks Lifehacker if it's hard to switch to Linux.

Dear Lifehacker, I've read your complete guide to getting started with Linux, but I'm still a little nervous. You talk a lot about the advantages of Linux, but what about the disadvantages? I'm worried about not having the right apps, or having to constantly fix things that are breaking. Am I worrying for nothing, or are there real concerns?

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I think much of a new Linux user's experience will depend on the first distribution they choose to use. If they bite off more than they can chew, they might find Linux to be more than they can handle. But distros like Linux Mint, Ubuntu and various others generally make Linux easy to install and use.

Check out Lifehacker's answer and see if you agree with the points made in it.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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