Android Has Surpassed Windows in Web Browsing

///Android Has Surpassed Windows in Web Browsing

Android has surpassed Windows as the most popular operating system in the world to surf the web. On second thought, it was just a matter of time for this to happen, and as early as February StatCounter had observed a near tie between the two OS. In March, Android made the historic passing.

Last month, the web traffic monitored by StatCounter (over 2.5 million sites) was generated from Android devices in 37.93% of cases, compared with 37.91% of Windows, while the remaining slice of the cake is by iOS and OS X.

It is a very small difference but, it is bound to increase even more for Google’s mobile OS. If we think that these percentages in 2012 were approximately 80% for Windows and 2.4% were Android, the Google operating system has come a long way in just 5 years.


The causes of such distortion are not difficult to understand. On the one hand, smartphones and Android tablets are becoming more common, and average price (top of the range excluded) has fallen dramatically in recent years. In addition, the 4G/LTE expansion has prompted many users to prefer the mobile browsing with speeds which are often better than those offered by a home ADSL.

Let’s also not forget the steady decline of the PC market in terms of sales. In the US and Europe, Windows is still in first place in this ranking (respectively 39.5% and 51.7%), but it is in Asia that the dominance of Android (52.2% versus 29.2 % Windows) has led to this historic turnaround.

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By |2017-04-04T17:52:26+00:00April 4th, 2017|Current Events, Lifestyle|3 Comments


  1. Md Yakub September 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Windows remains the top desktop OS by a large margin, with 84 percent market share. Windows won the desktop war but the battlefield moved on. Android is now the most used OS on phone and tablet devices for personal uses. Windows usage will probably continue declining, but only to a point. As long as powerful desktop operating systems are better for getting work done, people will use them. However, the increasing capabilities and affordability of Android should give Microsoft reason to worry about the future. Cloud computing may appears besides Microsoft. Linux might win after all. Many of people like OS of Linux because it is free, secure and Android is based on Linux.

  2. Ogeto Omwancha October 11, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    A great article to read through, very insightful. Mobile is today as important, if not more important, than desktops when it comes to the Internet and apps. Of course, many Android users will also have a Windows computer on their desk — the stats are less about which is the most popular OS and more a reflection of the shift to mobile for web browsing and the growth and proliferation of digital technology in the world. Part of Android’s growth may be down to its usability across multiple devices. The OS is prevalent in leading mobile phones from Google, Sony, LG, and more, as well as being used on Android Wear watches. Android’s rising fortunes stem from its sheer ubiquity, as Google makes a concerted effort to expand its footprint well beyond smartphones. Earlier this year, the company announced that all Chrome-books launching in 2017 would run Android apps. Meanwhile, Microsoft finds itself at something of a crossroads. For years, the company pursued a mobile strategy around the Windows Phone platform, but that ultimately proved disastrous; despite strong reviews for early versions of the Windows Phone OS, it never managed to gain the market-share necessary to challenge iOS or Android. In lieu of pushing a discrete smartphone platform, Microsoft then shifted to having Windows 10, the latest version of the long-running Windows franchise, run on as many form-factors as possible; but Microsoft has yet to make a comeback on phones. Microsoft missteps and new Android features aside, the slow compression of Windows between the twin rocks of Android and iOS is merely one facet of a longtime trend that has seen mobile devices replace PCs as the center of folks’ computing lives with the many innovative startups churning out apps for nearly every facet of a digital technology powered life. Although gamers still love their powerful desktops as the ideal way to deliver immersive gaming experiences, and many tech pros need similarly high-power setups in order to crunch data and build software, many ordinary people are perfectly satisfied with a smartphone or tablet as the primary conduit to their digital lives.

  3. Morufu December 22, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    The battle for dominance between Android, Windows and iOS on mobile devices has continued among mobile users and manufacturers alike. Here in Africa, Android continues to dominate the mobile world as the number one operating system over Windows and iOS. Some of the factors that may affect this may be consumers’ desire to explore this new digital technology, the simplicity of the operating system, price, availability and again the fact that most mobile phones used here are imported from Asia which largely runs on the Android operating system. Many mobile developers are now writing mobile applications that can run on android phones because of its continued dominance in the mobile world.

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