It’s a great achievement for google – For the first time in decades, Android has been declared as the most popular operating system in the world in terms of internet usage, thumping Microsoft Windows off the top spot.
As indicated by another report from web traffic analysis firm StatCounter, Google’s Android is the most popular operating system in terms of internet usage across desktop, portable PC, tablet, and mobile.
Looking at the overall internet usage chart, android represented 37.93% global os internet usage market share in march, while windows accounted for 37.91 percent
The report showed that Windows is still holding a 39.5 percent of the Internet usage market share against Android’s 25.7 percent in North America, and 51.7 percent against 29.2 percent in Europe.
Android leads in Asia with a vast majority of internet usage in countries including India (79 %), Indonesia (72 %) and China (57 %).
How stable is a lead based on two-hundredths of a percentage point? Based on current trends, it’s not likely that Microsoft will grab the worldwide title back anytime soon on the metric, which includes mobile phones and tablets along with desktops and laptops, according to a statement from StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.
“This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era,” Cullen pronounced. “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.”
Then there is the lucrative North America market, where Windows still holds a lead across all platforms (40 percent share), and where Android (21 percent) has yet to surpass iOS (26 percent). Microsoft’s advantage remains even more pronounced in Europe, with Windows leading Android 52 percent to 24 percent.
But alongside incremental gains in those important markets, Android has built a dominant position of its own in fast-growing Asian markets. On that continent, Android is a 52 percent to 29 percent leader over Windows.
The latest Statcounter’s findings are based on 2.5 million websites that the firm claims generate over 15 billion monthly page views. The chart also highlights the internet usage of Apple’s operating system as well.