Android challenges Windows as world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage

Development would have been “unthinkable” five years ago

“Windows has won desktop war but battlefield has moved on”

In what StatCounter describes as “unthinkable five years ago”, Google’s Android is challenging Microsoft Windows as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

The research arm of StatCounter, the independent web analytics company, finds that in February 2017, while Windows remained top of worldwide OS internet usage market share with 38.6%, Android came within striking distance on 37.4%.

“The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five years ago,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “In January 2012 Windows held 82% global internet usage share compared to just 2.2% for Android.”

He said that the development was a function of the growth of smartphones to access the internet as well as a slowdown in sales of traditional PCs plus the impact of Asia on the global market.

Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84.1% internet usage share in February.

“Windows has won the desktop war but the battlefield has moved on,” said Cullen.

StatCounter recently reported that in October 2016 internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop and laptop worldwide for the first time.

In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 40.7% share in February followed by iOS (24.9%) and Android (20.3%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.8%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.5%). However, in Asia, Android is now over 50% (51.8%) compared to 29.8% for Windows.

OS market share map: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share#monthly-201702-201702-map

StatCounter data also finds that Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time in North America in December.

“Windows 10 will need to maintain momentum in order to combat the steady march of Android across all markets,” added Aodhan Cullen.

The data is based on StatCounter Global Stats for which the company has recently released a major upgrade. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) has also launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

“We’ve always focused on ease of use and with these upgrades we wanted to make both services even more intuitive, usable and accessible,” commented Aodhan Cullen.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over 2.5 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

To analyse individual countries or regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share

EnglishLeap Introduces New Features to enhance English Language Learning

A new update of EnglishLeap, one of the top 10 free apps for English language learners is now available on the Google Play Store for Android phones. Users can learn English through 11 vernacular languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia and Urdu. Users already using the app will get notifications to update the app to the latest version.

The new version of EnglishLeap App is integrated with more user-friendly features. Commenting on the new version, Mr. Saurabh Chopra, Managing Director of Leap Learning Solution, said, “We are committed to innovation and delivering greater value to our customers. It is our constant endeavor to raise the level of engagement with our users and provide an enriching user experience”

The new features in the app are:

Users can now learn English through 11 Vernacular languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia and Urdu. In addition, users can also choose to learn in English.

Daily Quizzes – Quizzes on various aspects of the English language are sent to users on a daily basis.

Vocabulary – Users can check the meaning of any word through this feature. Users can listen to the pronunciation, see the synonyms & antonyms and even see example sentences. Users can also bookmark any word to refer to it as per their convenience. There is also a gaming feature, where users can play a vocabulary quiz to strengthen their vocabulary.

Learning Videos – Users can refer to video modules on the popular English concepts through this feature.

My preferred learning time – Users can set their preferred time of learning and at that time a reminder is sent to the user encouraging them to visit the app and continue learning.

EnglishLeap follows the well established European CEFR framework for language learning. The app allows each user the flexibility to learn anywhere, anytime. The easy to use application also allows a user to participate and challenge friends or fellow App users, enabling them to learn and play at the same time. EnglishLeap has helped many learners to master the English language. Learning English is the need of the hour and apps such as EnglishLeap are offering the perfect avenue for enthusiasts to learn the language.

Google Slides mobile app now support Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay

Google released today new update of their Slides mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The company has finally added support for Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay in this release.

This is pretty useful as users can now broadcast their presentations right from their smartphone to a large screen display like a projector or television connected with a compatible casting device.

Google said:

When you’re up on the big screen, you can use your smaller screen to advance slides, view speaker notes and stay on track with a built-in timer. This way you can focus more on telling your story and engaging your audience…instead of on logistics.

Google Docs Blog: Show up, don’t set up—Google Slides supports Chromecast and AirPlay

Gmail on Android now has a unified view for multiple email accounts

Google has rolled out a major update of their Gmail app for Android devices.

The biggest new feature in this update is a new unified Inbox for all connected email accounts. You can now check all your emails in a single view properly stacked into conversations which was a Gmail innovation.

Google said:

You’ve told us threaded conversations are one of your favorite Gmail features because they keep your messages organized and give you all the context you need to reply to those long email threads. Now messages from your Yahoo, Outlook.com and other IMAP/POP accounts will get the same special treatment, appearing neatly stacked as one conversation.

There are some other visual updates including faster animations and better preview of attachments. Google has also enhanced the search engine in the app to offer better autocomplete support.

Great news.

Official Gmail Blog: All your mail, together in one place

Google Chrome 42 on Android adds support for native notifications from web services!

Google has great news for web developers around the world. The company has just announced support for Push API and Notification API in Chrome 42 for Android devices.

Using these technologies, mobile web apps can now send native system notifications to users. Google said:

The Push API and Notification API are now available for Developers in Chrome 42! The Push API in Chrome relies on a few different pieces of technology, including Web App Manifests and Service Workers.

Push Notifications on the Open Web

Google Drive on Android now offer drag and drop for file management

Google is rolling out a major update of Drive app for Android devices. The updated version comes with an improved PDF Viewer in addition to design and performance improvements.

A new major feature is the ability to drag and drop support for file management. This should be helpful on a large display/resolution device.

Google Drive lets you safely store and manage your files, whether you’re at…

Graebert India launches ARES™ Touch 2015 – World’s first true CAD solution for Google® Android®.

  • New ARES Commander for Windows, Mac and Linux to provide users a Unique Cross-Device CAD Experience

Graebert™ India (http://www.graebert.in) – today announced the launch of ARES™ Touch 2015, the world’s first true CAD solution for Google® Android®.

ARES Touch 2015 is a complete professional CAD solution, using the same acclaimed engine powering ARES Commander on Microsoft® Windows®, Mac OS X® and Linux®.
To address the fast-growing tablet market on Android platform, the new ARES Touch 2015 ensures being far more than a simple viewer or editor.

“While we believe users will keep using their PC for heavy duty CAD tasks, we see a growing demand for agility to work from multiple devices including tablets and smartphones and are very excited to introduce ARES Touch 2015 to meet that pent-up need,” said Wilfried Graebert, CEO and founder of Graebert GmbH. Graebert is a pioneer in developing high-performance CAD solutions across desktop and mobile devices.

ARES 2015 Touch’s features include –

  • Native DWG support: create and modify drawings in the same format without import or export.

  • An intuitive user interface that is completely optimized for touch and offers an easy transition for any CAD professional.

  • Synchronize your projects with the Cloud via Dropbox® and soon with Google drive as well as other services. Users may choose the solution that best fits their needs.

A complete set of tools to not only review, but create or modify drawings on the go.
Specially designed for tablets of size 7’’ or more.
ARES Touch can also run on a smartphone, but primarily for viewing only, as the size of the screen is very small.
Gartner® predicts a total of 320 million tablet sales worldwide in 2015, versus just 316 million PC sales (desktops and laptops) with Android making up 62% of worldwide aggregate tablet sales.

ARES Touch is the first CAD application to include an open API for developers to easily and quickly migrate their applications from desktop to mobile. Previously, developers of vertical applications had to redevelop apps from scratch when moving to mobile. With ARES Touch, any add-on created for ARES Commander or AutoCAD® can now be migrated painlessly to mobile. As a result, developers can maintain the same core stream of code for desktop and mobile platforms and only need to focus their development on Touch UI adaptation.

“Interested customers can follow @graebertindia on Twitter or Graebert India on Facebook or contact Graebert India directly at sales.india@graebert.com.Users of ARES Commander 2015 will have the privilege to receive ARES Touch 2015 complimentary for 2015”, said Surya Sarda, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Graebert India.”

Users of ARES Commander will receive ARES Touch for free and vice-versa, for the duration of their Graebert subscription. When Graebert customers buy a license of ARES Commander, they will receive a license of ARES Touch for their Android tablets (one license of ARES Touch allows you to use it on all your Android tablets).

Graebert India launches ARES™ Touch 2015 - World’s first true CAD solution for Google® Android®.

About Graebert : Graebert India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Graebert GmbH. Graebert GmbH is a leading developer of custom CAD software, solutions, and services. The company is recognized as a true innovator in the CAD industry and has more than 30 years of technology expertise, project management and consulting experience. Graebert’s CAD systems became the first company to support all popular Operating System platforms, they are now used by millions of professionals all over the world. Graebert’s product portfolio is anchored by ARES Commander Edition – powerful CAD software with 2D & 3D-modeling capabilities and native DWG support, which is the basis of all Graebert OEM products.Graebert offers a unique collaboration business model for CAD applications developers with custom OEM CAD software and application development services.

The SiteMaster™ line of “as built” software surveying solutions, as well as worldwide surveying services are included under Graebert’s iSurvey™ brand. The company is headquartered in Berlin, with additional offices in America, Asia and Europe Graebert India is headquartered in Noida, UP with offices in Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore and resellers all across the country. Ingram is the National Distributor for Graebert India.

For further details about Graebert India,visit www.graebert.in or contact Seema Choudhary, seema@mediavalueworks.com,+91-8692892550