Android Surpasses Windows As Most Popular OS
Raising the questions about the future of desktop.
Stat Counter has reported Android is more popular than Windows when it comes to internet use. So what does that mean to the future of desktops and Android. As far as the internet goes, Google’s Android is the most popular OS in the world surpassing Windows for the 1st time ever per Stat Counter data.
Monday’s data took in account all internet usage from laptops, tablets, and smart-phones. Stat Counter reported Android a market share of 37.93% in March 2017, while Windows’ share was 37.91%.
This is the end of an era and a milestone in tech history. according to Stat Counter CEO Aodhan Cullen. It shows the end is coming for Microsoft’s dominance of leadership in OS’s that it has had since the 1980’s. It also shows a major triumph for Android that held just 2.4% of worldwide internet usage just five years ago.
Smart-phones with their ability to browse the internet is the main reason this is true. In a manner corresponding to a map prepared by Stat Counter. In countries like Asia and the Middle East, as well as many countries in Africa, Android internet was mainly used.
Microsoft still leads in desktop operating systems, but the world is becoming more mobile.
It is going to be hard for Microsoft to overcome Android in the mobile market, but the next model shift could give them a chance to regain their dominance, according to Aodhan Cullen. This might happen with Augmented Reality, AI, Voice or Continuum, a product that Microsoft is working on to replace a desktop and smart-phone with a single Microsoft powered phone.
As far as general browser use, Google’s Chrome has been leading the market for at least the last 90 days.
If the data is true, it could mean that Android might become the OS of choice for the crossover mobile/desktop experience. Also with the onset of Samsung’s DeX platform in the Galaxy S8 which claims to turn an Android phone into a desktop when the device is docked.
This also opens up the possibility of combining the Chrome OS with Android, as Google recently allowed Chromebooks the ability to download Android apps. Although that might not be the best thing for Chrome OS environment if that were to come about.
It is for certain smart-phones will have large influence on desktops whatever the OS may be.