The Android operating system fudged ahead of Windows (which has always been on the lead) by a bit of a fraction making it the world's most used platform for getting online. More than a billion Android PCs are shipped every year compared to just a bit above 200 million PCs per year for Windows. StatCounter also confirmed that Android OS is now the most used OS as well
StatCounter's data is drawn from web trackers installed on 2.5 million websites, and it was previously one of the main sources for tracking the ascent of Google's Chrome browser ahead of Internet Explorer. But there's an inherent limitation to tracking internet usage via websites: mobile use happens in apps at least as much as it does in a browser, and StatCounter doesn't factor that in. That's why Apple's iOS looks so woefully behind in the chart above. And yet, that's also what makes Android's rise impressive: Google's mobile operating system is accelerating beyond Windows without the help of apps, just via the traditional browser.
People now prefer mobile internet use to the desktop and this has been the order for the past couple of years and in developed markets, the trend has been 'do-everything smartphones and fast 4G connections', at the same time, the poorer countries have found a way to maneuver their way online via a mobile phone as both their first and only connected device. On the forefront of this trend is Android, consuming almost the entire market exception of Apple iPhone and iPad.
By Danson Bassey
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