New reports have revealed that Android has officially surpassed Windows to become the world’s most used operating system.
It’s official; thanks to the proliferation of mobile phones, Android has finally surpassed Windows to become the world’s most used operating system.
A report from web analytics firm StatCounter has found that Android now accounts for a larger share of internet usage than Windows for the fist time ever; during March of 2017, Android users accounted for a massive 37.93% of activity according to StatCounter’s readings, versus Windows’ 37.91%. Read: Windows 10 Cloud could be Microsoft’s new, lightweight operating system
The margin itself may not be large, though it does represent a notable advent for the internet at large. StatCounter’s fingers were based on reports from 2.5 million websites that generate more than 15 billion monthly page views.
The news is, however, unsurprising for the Windows ecosystem; Microsoft’s attempt to contest the mobile phone market with its own mobile OS – Windows Phone, and later Windows 10 Mobile – failed dramatically, and PC sales have declined over the past five years to reach levels seen last in 2008.
Part of Android’s success can be attributed to its domination of emerging markets such as India, as new consumers come online each day thanks to the proliferation of affordable Android devices. Mobile devices continue to account for a wide majority of internet usage in territories such as India, Indonesia, and China.
While iOS lags behind the adoption of Android much for the same reason, Apple’s App Store continues to generate far more revenue than the Google Play Store, though analysts are now predicting that 2017 could see the first occasion in which Google’s app store overtakes Apple’s in terms of revenue. Read: HP is reportedly working on a new Windows Phone with Continuum abilities
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