Mobile Linux Prospects Looking Down?

A new report from ABI about mobile Linux is getting a decent amount of press today, claiming that nearly a quarter of smartphones will be running Linux in 2013. That’s great, but… first, there’s no indication of what ABI considers to constitute the smartphone market, nor how big it is or will be in 2013.

Second, big kudos to Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM, who points out that less than a year ago, ABI said that 31% of smartphones would be running Linux in 2012. What to make of that change, that 25.8% decrease in market share estimates?

Not sure what the explanation is, but that’s a pretty hefty change. Also, if all the various flavors of mobile Linux — Android, LiMo, Palm, etc — are going to be different enough so as to be incompatible, is there any value in lumping them all together as one cohesive mobile Linux group?

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