Android Overtakes Windows to Become World’s Most Popular OS in Terms of Internet Usage
By now, everyone in the world would agree that Android is a popular OS. It powers a lot of smartphones and has seen its usage expand to product segments like tablets, watches, TVs and even cars; and the future looks like there’ll be more devices that will be powered by the OS.
Per a report coming from StatCounter, Android is now the world’s most popular operating system, in terms of Internet usage that is. Android takes the top spot after finally dethroning Microsoft’s Windows as the most popular OS on the Web, combining statistics from desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile.
Android topped the worldwide OS internet usage market share with 37.93% in the month of March, which put it marginally ahead of Windows at 37.91% for the first time. This position represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4% of global internet usage five years ago. StatCounter also called it a milestone in technology history and the end of an era for Microsoft’s dominant OS.
The growth of Android is primarily attributed to, obviously, the popularity of the OS on smartphones and our growing reliance on using our smartphones for all common tasks on the Internet. Rapid growth in Asian markets also gets credit this achievement as Android strongly leads over Windows for Internet usage in these markets. The traditional PC market, the stronghold for Windows, is also seeing a decline in sales.
Windows still maintains its dominance as the popular desktop OS to access the Internet worldwide with an 84% overall internet usage share in March. Regionally, North America and Europe continue to be under Microsoft’s grip as Windows has a much higher share than Android or iOS. However, as noted above, in Asia, Android contributes to 52.2% of Internet traffic as compared to 29.2% for Windows.
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