Android’s popularity eclipses Windows among internet users

Android is the most popular operating system in the world when it comes to browsing the web. It’s hardly a surprise considering that smartphones are practically the go-to computer for going online, and most of these smartphones run Android.

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The stat trackers at StatCounter have come out with their internet usage numbers for the month of March, and they have, for the first time, reported Android as the world’s most popular operating system. Nudging ahead of the once-untouchable Windows by a tiny fraction, Android is now the world’s most-used platform for getting online according to these latest figures.

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

Windows still is the number one worldwide operating system on desktop with 84% internet usage share in March. But when you factor in the massive number of smartphones that are currently in use, the decline in sales of traditional PCs, and the impact of Asia on the global market, the overall number change.

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