However, Windows remains the most popular operating system, accounting for 84% of the market share.
According to the latest statistics from independent web analytics company StatCounter, Android has now surpassed Microsoft’s Windows to become the most popular operating system in the world. This is the first time Microsoft has lost its leading edge, signaling a shift to global Internet use from desktops to smartphones.
Based on an analysis of the number of users accessing from 2.5 million websites (generating more than 15 billion monthly traffics), Android users accounted for 37.93%, while Microsoft users accounted for 37.91% . The difference is not so much, but it’s still enough for Android to surpass Windows for the first time in its history.
According to Mashable, the number of Windows users has been declining since 2012, while Android has grown exponentially. In addition, the iOS and OS X still remain stable.
StatCounter’s CEO, Aodhan Cullen, said: “This is an important milestone in the history of technology. From the dawn of the industry in the mid-1980s, Windows was the most popular operating system ever since. This is also a major breakthrough of Android, operating system accounted for only 5.4% of market share five years ago.
However, Windows is still the most popular computer operating system. Compared to Linux or MacOS, Microsoft product make up 84% of the computer operating system market, and away from the rest.
Meanwhile, Android dominates the emerging markets, where mobile devices are the most commonly used of online access.