According to new research from web analytics company Statcounter, Android has surpassed Windows as the world’s most popular operating system for internet usage for the first time. During March 2017, Android users represented 37.93 % of activity on Statcounter’s network versus 37.91 percent for the Microsoft operating system. Although it’s a small gap and might also refers to usage not necessary users — but this is a huge significant milestone, which shows that since the emergence of smartphone’s, there has been a dramatic shift.
According to StatCounter, Windows’ global internet usage share was 82% in January 2012, compared to 2.2% for Android. “This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era,” said Aodhan Cullen, the CEO of StatCounter.
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.
In other countries such as Europe, Windows is still top of the charts for internet usage with a 51.7% share, and North America, with a 39.5% share. Android devices in these two regions, account for 23.6% and 21.2%, respectively. According to StatCounter, in other areas like Asia, Android is on 52.2% compared to 29.2% for Windows.
This shows clearly that mobile is today as important, if not more important, than desktops when it comes to the internet and apps.
Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android’s user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input.
Microsoft Windows (or simply Windows) is a metafamily of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. It consists of several families of operating systems, each of which cater to a certain sector of the computing industry with the OS typically associated with IBM PC compatible architecture. Active Windows families include Windows NT, Windows Embedded and Windows Phone; these may encompass subfamilies, e.g. Windows Embedded Compact (Windows CE) or Windows Server.