Android has overtaken Windows as the world's most popular operating system, in terms of internet usage.
(CCM) — Android has surpassed Windows for the first time to become the world's most popular operating system on the internet, according to a new survey. StatCounter, a web analytics company, found that Android had won the largest share of the world operating system internet usage market with 37.93% in March, putting it just ahead of Windows (37.91%) for the first time. "This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era," said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter's CEO. He added that Android usage has exploded in the last few years, and pointed out that the operating system's share of global internet usage five years ago was just 2.4%.
One of the key reasons for Android's achievement is its strength in Asian markets. In North America, Windows still dominates with a 39.5% share followed by iOS with 25.7%. Android only makes it into the top three with 21.2%. But in Asia, Android has achieved a 52.2% market share, with Windows in second place with 29.2%. The failure of Microsoft's mobile operating systems to compete with iOS and Android means that the company is unlikely to dominate in the operating system market again in the foreseeable future.
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