Android becomes world's most used OS online, Apple's iOS & macOS trail

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Google's Android is now the most popular OS in the world across all hardware platforms, having barely overtaken Microsoft Windows in March, according to Web analytics research published on Monday.




Android managed 37.93 percent versus Windows's 37.91, according to StatCounter. Apple's iOS was a distant third at only 13.09 percent, while macOS/OS X took just 5.17 percent.

Windows marketshare has been on a steady decline since 2012, when it was running on over 80 percent of internet-connected devices. In the same timespan Android has been on the rise, beginning at just 2.4 percent. iOS use has increased, while Mac numbers have fallen slightly.




StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen linked the current situation to the growing popularity of smartphones, the decline of desktop and laptop computers, and the importance of the high-population Asian market. Android's fragmentation by version of operating system is not addressed in the metrics.

In North America, Windows retained its lead with a 39.5 percent share, followed by iOS at 25.7 percent, and Android at 21.2 percent. Within Europe, Windows took 51.7 percent, placing Android a distant second at 23.6.

The Asian market was firmly Android territory, with Google's OS hitting 52.2 percent versus Microsoft's 29.2.

In China Apple's iPhone recently slid to fifth place in the battle against local Android-based smartphone brands Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Those companies are often better able to compete on price, and are increasingly gunning towards the high-end market represented by the iPhone.
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  • Reply 1 of 96
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,331member
    When you're giving away devices and an OS for negative profit whilst stealing personal information and giving it to the government, you're sure to dominate marketshare. Sadly, you're not going to dominate profits not have any cash to do anything else.
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  • Reply 2 of 96
    farmboyfarmboy Posts: 152member
    It's the end of the world as we know it....and I feel fine.

    REM
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  • Reply 3 of 96
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,174member
    Fewer and fewer people want to be chained to a clunky laptop that is itself chained to the box that gives it access to the world...

    But, the laptop hangs on -- and will -- because Apple and Google have yet to offer a viable alternative to the things that it does well (without also dealing with its chain-gang mentality).

    ... Steve!   Wherever you are!   Come Back!   We need you!
    edited April 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 96
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,155member
    There are more bicycles on the world's roads than Roll Royces, does this actually matter to Roll Royce?
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  • Reply 5 of 96
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,664member
    I don't think "popular" is the correct word. Most used, yes. Most popular, doubtful. I bet most droiders settle for Android or don't know what OS they use. 
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  • Reply 6 of 96
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,814member
    What's that? The whore is more popular?

    Not more popular. Popular implies choice and most are not choosing to run Android or Windows. Most are choosing to buy a phone or PC that happens to run Android or Windows, usually because of price.  Most don’t choose Windows or Android. It simply comes with the product they buy.
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  • Reply 7 of 96
    Which "Android," the OHA-sanctioned version, or the generic AOSP-derived variants used by white box smartphones sold in China and India?
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  • Reply 8 of 96
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,814member


    Android managed 37.93 percent versus Windows's 37.91, according to StatCounter. Apple's iOS was a distant third at only 13.09 percent, while macOS/OS X took just 5.17 percent.


    Well it’s all over for Apple. We knew it couldn’t last forever and this proves it. Market share is EVERYTHING after all, no? How can a company with measly market share stay in business anyway? It’s all been an illusion. Michael Dell was right all along those may years ago. I guess I’ll just sulk. 
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  • Reply 9 of 96
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,483member
    Google hold the crown of being the first company to create a product which is used by more people who make less money for all the companies that sell product based on Android. At least Apple and Microsoft (MS partners) all made lots of money.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 96
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 641member
    As they say, "Eat sh!t. How can trillions of flies be wrong."
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  • Reply 11 of 96
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,294member
    lkrupp said:


    Android managed 37.93 percent versus Windows's 37.91, according to StatCounter. Apple's iOS was a distant third at only 13.09 percent, while macOS/OS X took just 5.17 percent.


    Well it’s all over for Apple. We knew it couldn’t last forever and this proves it. Market share is EVERYTHING after all, no? How can a company with measly market share stay in business anyway? It’s all been an illusion. Michael Dell was right all along those may years ago. I guess I’ll just sulk. 
    This report only concerns internet activity, and the OS used to access it. It's not sales and revenue where obviously it's Apple calling the shots. 
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  • Reply 12 of 96
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 3,488member
    MacPro said:
    There are more bicycles on the world's roads than Roll Royces, does this actually matter to Roll Royce?
    It would if its cars could only run on one type of road (device/platform) or needed a specific, minority formulation, petrol (apps).

    And if either of those issues began raking in revenues for your competitors, it might matter even more.


  • Reply 13 of 96
    appexappex Posts: 687member
    Apple has a problem: price. Apple could reduce 50% the price of all products and boost sales tremendously worldwide. Additionally, in the case of Mac they use many times soldered components (RAM, SSD and GPU), so that you cannot upgrade the machine later on (programmed obsolescence and big anti-ecological impact on planet Earth!) or with proprietary connectors, so that you are forced to purchase from Apple. And Apple charges 2 to 3 times more for the very same product as compared to sites like Amazon when you buy just one item (whereas Apple purchases millions, so they could give even better price than Amazon. Do not get me wrong. I love Apple products and in particular the Mac. But the situation is clearly unfair.
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  • Reply 14 of 96
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 7,124member
    Fewer and fewer people want to be chained to a clunky laptop that is itself chained to the box that gives it access to the world...

    But, the laptop hangs on -- and will -- because Apple and Google have yet to offer a viable alternative to the things that it does well (without also dealing with its chain-gang mentality).

    ... Steve!   Wherever you are!   Come Back!   We need you!
    Laptops are trucks, tablets are cars. Jobs already gave us options. 
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  • Reply 15 of 96
    In reference to Apple now being #5 in sales, it is the most popular Mobile Vendor at 26.89% in China, up over 5% compared to the same time last year.  So Apple's market share appears to be expanding.
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  • Reply 16 of 96
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 7,124member

    appex said:
    Apple has a problem: price. Apple could reduce 50% the price of all products and boost sales tremendously worldwide. Additionally, in the case of Mac they use many times soldered components (RAM, SSD and GPU), so that you cannot upgrade the machine later on (programmed obsolescence and big anti-ecological impact on planet Earth!) or with proprietary connectors, so that you are forced to purchase from Apple. And Apple charges 2 to 3 times more for the very same product as compared to sites like Amazon when you buy just one item (whereas Apple purchases millions, so they could give even better price than Amazon. Do not get me wrong. I love Apple products and in particular the Mac. But the situation is clearly unfair.
    What nonsense. 

    - why would apple want to cut prices in half just to increase market share? They're killing it with profit, and that's the air companies breathe. Not market share. 

    - They use soldered components because they're smaller and faster, which is a feature I enjoy. Not being upgradable is a side effect -- just like how you can't upgrade your phone or tablet. No whining there so why here? Also, Apple is the best eco PC maker in the world rated by Green Peace. Recycling is easy with them, I just sent in my old 2008 MBP. 

    - You are in no way "forced" (forced!) to buy Apple cables. That's just fucking stupid. The new MBP doesn't even have a single proprietary port on it. 

    ...troll trope nonsense. 
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  • Reply 17 of 96
    lightknightlightknight Posts: 2,312member
    jkichline said:
    When you're giving away devices and an OS for negative profit whilst stealing personal information and giving it to the government, you're sure to dominate marketshare. Sadly, you're not going to dominate profits not have any cash to do anything else.
    MacPro said:
    There are more bicycles on the world's roads than Roll Royces, does this actually matter to Roll Royce?
    Apparently, Android now makes more profit in their App Store than Apple.

    And BMW bought Rolls-Royce, and Volkswagen bought Lamborghini because luxury cars are expensive to make, and mass market allows much more volume. Besides the iPhone is not a Rolls, it's a Mercedes. It targets people who are affluent, not billionaires.
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  • Reply 18 of 96
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,690member
    It's about damn time.
  • Reply 19 of 96
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,483member
    appex said:
    Apple has a problem: price. Apple could reduce 50% the price of all products and boost sales tremendously worldwide. Additionally, in the case of Mac they use many times soldered components (RAM, SSD and GPU), so that you cannot upgrade the machine later on (programmed obsolescence and big anti-ecological impact on planet Earth!) or with proprietary connectors, so that you are forced to purchase from Apple. And Apple charges 2 to 3 times more for the very same product as compared to sites like Amazon when you buy just one item (whereas Apple purchases millions, so they could give even better price than Amazon. Do not get me wrong. I love Apple products and in particular the Mac. But the situation is clearly unfair.

    Take a finance class and learn about time value or money and doing NPV analysis and you will find an investment in Apple product even at a higher initial cost has much higher value over time than competing products. The issue is the fact most people can not even attempt to make this cost benefit analysis and most companies who make consumer products know this and rather selling you the same cheap product 10 times in the same time period apple only sold you one.
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  • Reply 20 of 96
    freeperfreeper Posts: 77member
    jkichline said:
    When you're giving away devices and an OS for negative profit whilst stealing personal information and giving it to the government, you're sure to dominate marketshare. Sadly, you're not going to dominate profits not have any cash to do anything else.
    And who does this exactly? Google makes billions per year on Android and so does Samsung. Google most certainly dominates their category - web search, services and advertising - in profits to the point where numerous entities have sued them for being a monopoly. Samsung meanwhile is #2 in mobile profits. Google came up with a successful strategy to defeat Microsoft in mobile and search, and did so against some pretty tall odds. Samsung also emerged from the pack against a bunch of companies that were better known and had much bigger market share and credibility as high tech companies and mobile companies (think HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Sony) to get where they are and stay there. This endless grumbling over the fact that Apple is not the only company on the planet succeeding and making money makes no sense and quite frankly does not project a good image for Apple fandom.

    Instead of bedgrudging Samsung and Google for having their piece of the pie, you should be more concerned about this: "while macOS/OS X took just 5.17" and "while Mac numbers have fallen slightly." As Google and Samsung do not compete with Mac OS X - Chrome OS and Samsung being a very minor maker of Windows laptops far behind Lenovo, Dell, HP and even Toshiba notwithstanding - Apple has other problems to worry about. Apple failed to translate and leverage the massive success of their mobile devices, iPod and iPhone as well as the somewhat lesser success of the iPad, into an increased marketshare for other devices or to increase their footholds in other businesses. All the talk 5 or even 3 years ago about how Apple was going to kill off Microsoft and Windows for consumers and even in the enterprise turned out to be precisely that, and Apple is even pulling back, focusing less emphasis on enterprise efforts and selling fewer devices blatantly aimed at tempting Windows users to switch. Add to to that the fact that the Windows PC free fall seems to have stabilized ... things are never going back to the Wintel heyday of the 00s on one hand, but on the other hand it is clear that when people and enterprises need a main or work computing device they are going to get a laptop - as opposed to a smartphone or tablet - and 9 times out of 10 that laptop is going to run Windows as opposed to Mac OS X , just as things were before the iPad boom.

    Apple won the mobile wars, but Google and Samsung did a good job for themselves in carving out a very lucrative second place. What needs to be mentioned now is A) Apple failed to parlay their victory in mobile into increased market share anywhere else and B) it is now time to let the mobile wars go and transition to the next battle with new products. Wearables failed to take off, so has VR, so what is next? (Although it is curious that no one has really tried to add smart functionality to an existing product that already sells well ... smart headphones with VR/AR goggles attached anyone? Beats could release those at any time.)




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