Android surpasses Windows as world’s most popular OS

by Haadi Bakar
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Google’s Android is officially the most popular operating system (OS) in the world. That title was previously held for around 30 years by Microsoft’s Windows.

This is according to the latest internet usage statistics from the independent web analytics company StatCounter, which revealed Android making up 37.93 per cent of tracked internet activity last March, surpassing Windows’ 37.91 per cent.

This is a testament to how significant smartphones have become over the years. StatsCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said that our growing reliance on mobile technology to access the internet and the decline in PC sales over the last few years have been the main drivers of this breakthrough.

While Windows still owns the biggest market share among desktop operating systems, the fact that many people are now spending more time on their smartphones than on their computers indicates that mobile OS, in particular Google’s Android, will eventually become the world’s leading OS for everyone.

Android has also become increasingly powerful through the years, its making the smartphone practically a computer in our pocket.

We’ve also seen some new smartphones that can actually convert into traditional desktop computers in recent times. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which was only launched last week, include a feature that transforms the phones into desktop computers through the use of Samsung’s new DeX dock (plus a separate mouse, keyboard and monitor).

With these latest developments, expect to see Android’s popularity in the global arena continue to grow.

Click here for the full statistics from StatCounter.

While Microsoft Windows still owns the biggest market share among desktop OS, the reality is people are now spending more time on their smartphones on their computers. Image taken from The Microsoft Store.

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