Android overtakes Windows as world's most popular operating system

But Windows is still more popular in Europe...

Android has replaced Windows as the world's most popular operating system according to an analysis carried out by the research arm of independent web analytics company StatCounter.

In March 2017, Android marginally took the lead of the worldwide OS internet usage market share with 37.93% of users using its operating system to access the internet, whereas Windows was not far behind, with 37.91%. This covers total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO at StatCounter, declared the stats as "a milestone in technology history and the end of an era." He added that "It marks the end of Microsoft's leadership worldwide of the OS market which it has held since the 1980s. It also represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4% of global internet usage share only five years ago."

Cullen outlined that the reasons for the breakthrough were the growth of smartphones to access the internet, a decline in sales of traditional PCs and the impact of Asia on the global market.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Despite this, Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market, which covers PCs and laptops, as it held 84.34% of the usage share as of March. What's more, despite Android's combined platform victory, Windows is still dominating usage in Europe - with 51.7% market share versus Android's 23.6%. Whereas the story is very different in Asia, where Android leads with 52.2% market share, significantly overshadowing Android's 29.2%.

Cullen claims that "It will be difficult for Microsoft to make inroads in mobile but the next paradigm shift might give it the opportunity to regain dominance. That could be in Augmented Reality, AI, Voice or Continuum (a product that aims to replace  a desktop and smartphone with a single Microsoft powered phone)."

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/microsoft-windows/33280/windows-7-security-patches-officially-coming-to-an-end
Microsoft Windows

Windows 7 security patches officially coming to an end

21 Mar 2019
Visit/operating-systems/26152/how-to-move-windows-10-from-your-old-hard-drive-to-ssd
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

20 Feb 2020
Visit/mobile/google-android/354816/android-11-developer-access-arrives-earlier-than-expected
Google Android

Android 11 developer access arrives earlier than expected

20 Feb 2020
Visit/software/microsoft-office/354799/microsoft-launches-unified-office-app-for-android
Microsoft Office

Microsoft launches unified Office app for Android

18 Feb 2020

Most Popular

Visit/technology/artificial-intelligence-ai/354796/ai-identifies-11-earth-bound-asteroids
artificial intelligence (AI)

AI identifies 11 earth-bound asteroids

18 Feb 2020
Visit/mobile/28299/how-to-use-chromecast-without-wi-fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/27717/how-to-fix-a-stuck-windows-10-update
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020
Visit/security/34616/the-top-ten-password-cracking-techniques-used-by-hackers
Security

The top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers

10 Feb 2020