Android Begins to Seize PC Market

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Windows logo (cyan)Updated for data on Chrome 8:48 12/30/2013

The desktop, laptop and tablet markets are supposed to be dominated by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). But both face erosion of their leads — Apple in the tablet world and Microsoft in the laptop segment. The major culprit of the erosion is the same one that has dogged them in the smartphone space — Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android and Chrome OS. And its rise is causing the market share of the incumbents to tumble.

One bit of good news for the entire industry, according to research firm NPD:

Year to date through November 2013, 14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels, leading to a 25.4 percent increase over 2012.

As expected:

Desktop sales through the channel increased 8.5 percent, notebooks grew 28.9 percent, and tablets jumped 49 percent growth over the…

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