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.