Android overtakes Windows for first time to become top OS

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Google's Android has now become a more popular operating system (OS) than Microsoft Windows for the first time ever. According to the independent web analytics company StatCounter, Android was ahead of Windows in terms of internet usage over all devices for the first time ever in March.

Android was top of the worldwide OS internet usage market share last month, coming in at 37.93 per cent. This means that it just managed to edge ahead of Windows, which stood at 37.91 per cent.

Aodhan Cullen, chief executive at StatCounter, said: “This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era. “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 per cent of global internet usage share only five years ago.”

He went on to say that the main reasons for the growth of Android as an OS were the continued use of smartphones to access the internet, the impact of Asia on the global market and the continued decline of traditional PCs, which often use Microsoft Windows as standard.

However, when it comes to the worldwide operating system desktop market, Windows is still the top OS. In fact, it dominated this market in March with an 84 per cent internet usage share.

Despite this, Microsoft could struggle to keep up the market in terms of internet usage across all devices as developments continue to be made when it comes to smartphones, tablets and other portable devices.

Mr Cullen said: "It will be difficult for Microsoft to make inroads in mobile but the next paradigm shift might give it the opportunity to regain dominance. That could be in Augmented Reality, AI, Voice or Continuum (a product that aims to replace a desktop and smartphone with a single Microsoft-powered phone)."