It’s the end of an era, and we got a front seat to the whole thing. Merely weeks ago, StatCounter predicted that Android would soon overtake Windows as the most popular system online.
Well, now it’s official – Android is now world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage. This analysis is based on the total internet usage across mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop devices combined.
“It marks the end of Microsoft’s leadership worldwide of the OS market which it has held since the 1980s” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter.
Even though Android (37.93%) is only marginally ahead of Windows(37.91%), mobile market experts predict that the gap between the two OS will only widen.
While Windows managed to lose the lead after holding over 80% of the market share, Android had a major breakthrough after having a merely 2.4% of the global internet usage just five years ago.
This paradigm shift didn’t surprise many analysts given the meteoric consumer shift to smartphones. Other factors behind this development are the decline in sales of traditional PCs and the huge market share that Android holds in Asia (52.2%).
Some tech enthusiasts blame Microsoft for not putting a strong enough fight in the mobile sector. This is certainly true to a degree, since Windows 10 Mobile has a tiny market share of under 1%.
Although Windows lost this battle, it still remains the most dominant force when it comes to worldwide operating system desktop market (both PC and laptop) with a staggering 84%.
“Windows won the desktop war, but the battlefield moved on,” said Cullen. “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.”
Android’s open source nature , flexibility, and the fact that it now powers millions upon millions of low-cost devices has given Google the ability to spread all its other products easily. If only they could do something about all that fragmentation.