Google’s Android operating system eclipses Windows for internet users
Photo Finish: Android has now surpassed Windows as the browser’s operating system of choice by a very small margin. Image by RVLSoft (via Shutterstock).
Almost a month ago, we asked if Google’s operating system could overtake Microsoft Windows. We at Tabard IT are able to answer this question for you. According to StatCounter and an article on The Register website, Android became the most popular operating system for internet browsing. Its lead over Microsoft Windows is only 0.02%: almost a photo finish, but a significant one instead of a blip?
March’s figures see Android’s market share standing at 37.93% compared with 37.91% for Windows. In third place are Apple’s iOS devices, with a market share of 13.09%. StatCounter are hailing last month’s figures as a watershed moment in home and business computing. Their figures are based on 15 billion page views per month of 2.5 million sites.
Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s Chief Executive, said it represents a “milestone in technology history and the end of an era”.
“It marks the end of Microsoft’s leadership worldwide of the operating system market which it’s held since the 1980s.”
As we said in last month’s entry on Android’s market share, don’t dump your desktop PCs yet. Though a declining market, Microsoft’s Windows OS represents an 84% market share. PC sales have fallen for the fifth year running – again with digital tablets and smartphones in the ascendancy.
Google’s market share is also helped by Samsung, whose digital tablets and smartphones have been a driving force in its rise. 336,446,600 Samsung devices have been sold – a 20% market share, making them the most popular manufacturer of Android-powered devices.
As for the fortunes of Edinburgh City (again, mentioned in the previous article), closer to the Lowland League than winning the Champions League.