Microsoft Windows can no longer claim to be the most popular OS on the internet, thanks to the growth of smartphones. By now, all people on the earth would admit that Android is a popular OS. It rules a lot of smartphones and has seen its usage expand to many other products like tablets, TVs, watches, and even cars; and the future looks like there’ll be more devices that will be powered by the Android.
OS Market Share Worldwide
An independent web analytics firm Statcounter discovered that Google’s Android passes Windows in March 2017 with 37.93 % of global Internet usage market share, compared to Windows’ 37.91 %. Although the difference is minor, it is still the difference.
Apple’s iOS came in third with 13.09%, followed by OS X on fourth with 5.17% and Linux on the fifth with 0.75%.
StatCounter’s data covers Internet usage on smartphones, PCs, laptops, and tablets. The company used analytics from 2.5 million websites which it claims generate more than 15 billion page views a month.
Aodhan Cullen CEO StatCounter says:
This is a milestone in technology history and the closing of a period. It represents the end of Microsoft’s leadership globally in the OPERATING-SYSTEM sector which they have kept since the 1980s. Additionally, it shows a significant breakthrough for Google Android which kept just 2.4% of worldwide internet utilization share only five years ago.
It’s going to be hard for Microsoft to make inroads in mobile, however, the upcoming paradigm change might provide a chance to recover dominance, said Cullen.
A Microsoft representative declined to comment specifically on Android taking over Windows, but added:
“We are pleased that there are more than 400 million monthly active devices running Windows 10, and most importantly, that Windows 10 has the highest levels of product satisfaction over any previous version of Windows.”
OS Market Share by Country
Additionally, the global stat is important as if we were only analyzing the united states or Europe, Android’s total internet utilization would definitely be way below Windows. However, it’s in Asia that Android definitely makes the difference, collecting 52.2% of the share vs. Windows’ 29.2%.
On the desktop, Windows is still leading with the 84% internet usage share in March. On smartphones, it depends whose numbers you believe.
“Windows won the desktop war, but the battlefield moved on,” said Cullen.
In Terms of Profits
On the other hand, in terms of profits, iOS is definitely far ahead of Android. App Annie recently revealed that iOS bagged the vast majority of $35 billion paid to makers on the Android and iOS app stores. Which was despite the fact that iOS evaluated for only 25 billion of the 90 billion applications downloaded last year.
One more thing is to remember that Google currently is developing OS (Fuschia) will most likely replace Android’s Linux kernel sometime soon.
Our Views on Android taking over Windows
In my opinion, I Don’t think its fair to compare Android as a phone OS with Windows as a desktop OS. Relatively inexpensive mobile devices. That Doesn’t seem to be equivalent to an OS running on much more expensive hardware around the world for 31+ years.
It’s important to remember that this only takes internet usage into account, and Windows is capable of so much more. So As long as powerful desktop operating systems are suitable for getting work done, people will use them. Though, the increasing capabilities and lower costs of Android devices should give Microsoft a cause to worry about the future.
The only way Microsoft could reverse this trend would be to get people using Windows on their smartphones. And that doesn’t look like it’ll be appearing anytime soon. Windows 10 Mobile has a shockingly low market share, and it’s going to take a wonder for that to change.
What are your opinions on Android expanding its lead over Windows as the most popular OS for internet usage? Does the lead surprise you? Let us know your views in the comments below!