Android Now The World’s Dominant OS, Surpassing Windows

According to the data that StatCounter has collected the Android OS has now passed Microsoft Windows as the global leading operating system.  This data reflects “total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.”

Window’s global OS share was 37.91 compared to Android’s 37.93 percent.  But, in North America, Windows had a 39.5 percent share, followed up by iOS, which had 25.7 percent, and Android at 21.2 percent.  For Europe, while Android had 23.6 percent, Windows OS share was at 51.7 percent.

StatCounter: Operating System Market Share Worldwide

Source: StatCounter 3/2017

Android’s global win on Windows is based on developing markets, specifically in Asia, where smartphones ownership is dominating PC ownership.

An issue that could be worth further investigation is the finding that iOS is responsible for more web traffic than Android in North America.  iOS has 25.7 percent while Android is at 21.2 percent.  Android has a greater device penetration than iOS, which should in theory be driving even more traffic/usage.

Based on the most recent data from comScore data (US only), Android has over half (at 54 percent) device share to the iPhones 43 percent.  StatCounter shows that there is a much closer race in terms of traffic and usage, with Android at 49.9 percent, and iPhone with 48.5 percent in North America.  This isn’t including tablets, where iOS is heavily favored.

DeviceAtlas: Android vs. iOS Market Share (Traffic)

The DeviceAtlas Mobile Web Intelligence Report (Q4 2016) seems to be supporting StatCounter, which shows iPhones generating somewhat more web traffic than Android devices in the US and 13 other markets.  Android is generating more traffic in 42 other countries.

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