Android is now more popular than Windows worldwide


For the first time ever, one of the major web traffic analysis tools has found that Android is more popular than Windows worldwide. At the same time, Windows 10 is continuing to notch tiny monthly usage share gains, while Edge slipped downward in one tally. 

The Irish market measuring firm StatCounter has reported that worldwide:

Microsoft no longer owns dominant OS. Android now world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage… 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 percent of global internet usage share only five years ago.


Five years ago, StatCounter had a breathless headline stating that in the browser wars—a heretical view at the time—which foresaw the beginning of a massive shift in browser usage. Back then, the Chrome-beats-IE assertion was hotly contested by both rival market measuring firm Net Applications and Microsoft.

The fact remains, StatCounter foresaw the sea change from IE to Chrome, while Net Applications took years to reflect the uptake in its numbers.


Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites.

While Net Applications attempts to make adjustments to its observed unique user numbers to account for underrepresentation of Chinese language sites, for example, StatCounter doesn’t make such adjustments. The numbers you see from StatCounter are the numbers it counted.

Are the StatCounter numbers “accurate”? That’s a religious question only you can answer.

. I haven’t heard a whisper of an update on that figure in the past six months.

Depending on whose numbers you believe, Windows 7 usage went up in March (NetMarketshare says it went from 48.41 percent in February to 49.42 percent in March) or stayed the same (StatCounter says 47.17 percent in February, compared to to 47.06 percent in March).

The browser numbers paint Edge in a bleak light. According to NetMarketshare, usage went up imperceptibly from 5.55 percent to 5.61 percent (screenshot).

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While StatCounter says Edge dipped a tiny bit from 3.68 percent in February to 3.64 percent in March.

One more graph to get your brain going this morning: StatCounter says that Windows 10 now surpasses Windows 7 on the desktop – in the United States only.

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The times, they are a-changin’.

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