Android beats Windows to officially become the world’s most popular operating system

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Google’s Android has taken over from Microsoft’s Windows to become the most dominant OS in the world. Android has changed the way we access the internet in just a decade, dethroning Microsoft of the crown they have held since the 1980s

In data collated by research company StatCounter it appears Android overtook Windows in March this year taking 39.93% of the market share compared to Windows’ 37.91% – with every suggestion that this will continue for years to come.

This figure may shock some readers, especially when we can reveal that 82% of Global internet usage was via Windows as recently as 2012. Android had just 2.2% market share at the time!

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“This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era,” Statcounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a statement. “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.”

Apple’s iOS mobile operating system is also on the increase (around 14%) whilst macOS, Apple’s desktop OS has stayed pretty constant at around 10% market share.

Windows is still the main OS for desktop devices, holding around 84% of the market for desktop internet access, its traditional territory. It is the broader market that has transformed radically and Google has capitalised at Microsoft’s expense.

“Windows won the desktop war but the battlefield moved on,” Cullen said.

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