For the first time ever Google’s Android has taken over Microsoft’s Windows as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined. This is a milestone in Technology history.
This is according to the research arm of StatCounter, the independent web analytics company, who announced that in March 2017 Android top the worldwide OS internet usage market share with 37.93%, which puts it marginally ahead of Windows (37.91%) for the first time.
The changing of the baton was driven by a number of factors according to Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter . The growth of smartphones to access the internet, a decline in sales of traditional PCs and the impact of Asia on the global market all had a significant impact.
Although Google Android topping the table, still Windows is still the dominate force in the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84% internet usage share in March.
In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 39.5% share in March followed by iOS (25.7%) and Android (21.2%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.7%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.6%). However, in Asia, Android is on 52.2% compared to 29.2% for Windows.