Android overtakes Windows for first time

“Milestone in technology history and end of an era” as Microsoft no longer owns dominant OS

Android now world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage

San Francisco, CA and Dublin, Ireland; 3rd April, 2017: Google’s Android has overtaken Microsoft Windows for the first time 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 March, Android topped the worldwide OS internet usage market share with 37.93%, which puts it marginally ahead of Windows (37.91%) for the first time.

“This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “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% of global internet usage share only five years ago.”

Cullen said that main drivers of the breakthrough were growth of smartphones to access the internet, a decline in sales of traditional PCs and the impact of Asia on the global market.

However, Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84% internet usage share in March.

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

In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 39.5% share in March followed by iOS (25.7%) and Android (21.2%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.7%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.6%). However, in Asia, Android is on 52.2% compared to 29.2% for Windows.

OS market share map: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share#monthly-201703-201703-map

India amongst world leaders in use of mobile to surf the internet

Mobile internet usage more than double that of UK or US

India number one in G20 for mobile

Indians are amongst the world leaders in terms of internet usage from mobile phones, according to StatCounter, the independent web analytics company.

Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that 79% of internet usage was made by Indians through mobiles in February compared to 49.7% for the world in general. Indian mobile usage to surf the internet is more than double that in the UK (34.8%) or US (37.2%). Of G20 nations, India is the number one user of mobile in terms of internet usage.

StatCounter is one of the leading web analytics firms in the world with a considerable market share in India. StatCounter’s (http://statcounter.com) core business is to provide members with data to measure visitor activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include a free option, ease of use, independence and ability to view data in real time.

“Our research confirms that Indians adore their mobiles for surfing the internet,” commented Tarak Desai of StatCounter in Mumbai. “Internet usage by mobile in India is striking compared to most other countries.”

He added that the trend was accelerating. “Internet usage in India by desktop and tablet fell from 33.2% in January 2016 to 21% this year. Mobile jumped from 66.8% to 79% over the same time period.”

Desai said that the move by new player Reliance JIO with over a 100 million subscribers to offer free 4G data (1GB per day limit) over the last six months until April 1st was probably one but not the only reason for the acceleration in mobile internet usage in India.

Chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/platform-market-share/desktop-mobile-tablet/india/#monthly-201601-201702

The most popular browser in India in terms of internet usage according to StatCounter is UC Browser (43.3%) followed by Chrome (36.1%). This compares to worldwide, where Chrome (52.4%) leads the way followed by Safari (14.4%).

Reflecting the strong mobile preference, the top operating system in India across all platforms is Android on 62% followed by Windows (19.4%). Worldwide, Windows leads on 38.6% followed by Android (37.4%) and iOS (13%).

When it comes to search, however, Indians behave similarly to the rest of the world. Google on 93.4% is the dominant player in India, little different to worldwide (92.4%) or UK (91.1%).

To analyse further how India compares to other countries in terms of its internet profile go to: http://gs.statcounter.com/

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Editors’ note: For StatCounter Global Stats methodology: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq#page-views-uniques

Yahoo achieves highest US search share since 2009

Google at lowest US share yet recorded by StatCounter Global Stats
Mozilla move to make Yahoo the default on Firefox has early impact on search engine battle

In December Yahoo achieved its highest US search share for over five years according to the latest data from StatCounter, the independent website analytics provider. Google fell to the lowest monthly share yet recorded by the company*. These December stats coincide with Mozilla making Yahoo the default search engine for Firefox 34 users in the US.

StatCounter Global Stats reports that in December Google took 75.2% of US search referrals followed by Bing on 12.5% and Yahoo on 10.4%.

As previously announced by Yahoo, December marked the start of its partnership with Mozilla. Yahoo is now the default search experience for Firefox 34 in the US, bringing an end to Mozilla’s 10-year relationship with Google.

“The move by Mozilla has had a definite impact on US search,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “The question now is whether Firefox users switch back to Google.” Firefox users represented just over 12% of US internet usage in December according to StatCounter.

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) provides independent website analytics, including a free option, to companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed, charities and those who want to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

Last July, StatCounter announced a new feature in response to Google’s removal of keyword data. By integrating Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) data into its reports, StatCounter has given its members the ability to access all available keyword intelligence which they can slice and dice all within their StatCounter account.

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

  • StatCounter Global Stats began tracking global search statistics in July 2008.

Three times more Yahoo search usage on Firefox 34 in the US

On the 2nd December in the US, Yahoo search was used 3 times more on Firefox 34 than on Firefox 33, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. As previously announced by Yahoo, this month marks the start of its partnership with Mozilla. Yahoo is now the default search experience for Firefox 34 in the US, replacing Mozilla’s 10 year relationship with Google.

A special report from StatCounter Global Stats finds that Yahoo usage on Firefox 34 in the US on the 2nd December was 29.4% compared to 9.6% for the previous version Firefox 33. Google search usage by Firefox users dropped from 82.1% to 63.5% as they upgraded from version 33 to 34. Bing declined slightly from 6.5% on Firefox 33 to 5.8% on Firefox 34.

“Firefox 34 is still being rolled out so its usage is currently quite low. It will be interesting to see how this develops,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “At the moment the change is having a negligible impact on overall search share in the US, but if this early usage trend on Firefox 34 continues then Yahoo could be on course to gain a number of percentage points.”

On the 2nd December overall search share across all browsers in the US was 78% for Google, 12.4% for Bing and 7.9% for Yahoo.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Search Engine Market Share

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) provides independent website analytics, including a free option, to companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed, charities and those who want to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

StatCounter recently announced a new feature in response to Google’s removal of keyword data. By integrating Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) data into its reports, StatCounter has given its members the ability to access all available keyword intelligence which they can slice and dice all within their StatCounter account.

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

Windows 8.1 overtakes XP and breaks 10% mark for first time globally in terms of internet usage

Windows 8.1 has broken the 10% mark and overtaken XP for the first time globally in terms of internet usage according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The report from the company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats shows that in November, Windows 8.1 at 10.95% narrowly beat XP to second place, pushing it to third at 10.69%. Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system on 50.3%.

“Following a somewhat mixed reaction to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 has made steady progress since its launch,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “It passed Windows 8 in August and has now passed Windows XP in November. The growth trajectory for Windows 8.1 has been positive but if current trends continue it will not topple Windows 7 before Windows 10 is launched in 2015.”

In the US Windows 8.1 is at 12.2% having overtaken XP in October. Windows 7 leads with 43.9%.

In the UK, where Windows 8.1 overtook XP in April, XP has declined to 4.2% while Windows 8.1 is currently at 13.2%. Windows 7 is number one on 40.4%. (Other country analysis available on http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201311-201411).

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) provides independent website analytics, including a free option, to companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed, charities and those who want to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

StatCounter recently announced a new feature in response to Google’s removal of keyword data. By integrating Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) data into its reports, StatCounter has given its members the ability to access all available keyword intelligence which they can slice and dice all within their StatCounter account.

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

Windows 8.1 overtakes 8 worldwide

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – OS Market Share

But XP refuses to die and remains number two globally despite end of support in April

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system has overtaken its older sibling Windows 8 for the first time in terms of internet usage worldwide, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.*

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats also finds that despite Microsoft’s ending of support in April this year, Windows XP refuses to die and remains the world’s second most popular operating system version. However, for the first time globally, the combined total of Windows 8 and 8.1 (14%) overtook XP (12.9%) in August.

StatCounter finds that Windows 8.1 worldwide has grown steadily to 7.5% in August ahead of Windows 8 (6.6%). The newer operating system overtook its sibling in the UK in April and in the US in May. The data covers desktop, tablet and console.

“Following a mixed reaction to Windows 8, perhaps because of its radical new look, Windows 8.1 appears to be winning over users,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

However, he added that the stubborn refusal of Windows XP to retire almost five months after the ending of non-paid support is a concern in terms of security and virus risks for remaining users.

Globally XP is on 12.9%, behind Windows 7 on 50.3%. In the US, XP internet usage share has declined below double figures to 8.9%. Europe’s XP share is 10.6% with UK down to 5.2%. Individual country stats are available at:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201308-201408

Independent web analytics specialist StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) tracks millions of websites for companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

StatCounter recently announced a new feature in response to Google’s controversial removal of keyword data. By integrating Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) data into its reports, StatCounter has given its members the ability to analyze all available keyword data.

This means that members don’t have to separately access GWT, download the data, merge with other keyword reports and analyze the combined information. Instead, StatCounter members can access all available keyword intelligence and slice and dice this all within their StatCounter account. StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

*Microsoft assigned a new and distinct user agent to Windows 8.1 compared to Windows 8. For this reason, the two operating systems are separately reported on StatCounter Global Stats.

Less than a week to go and XP remains world’s second most popular operating system – StatCounter

XP users ‘sleep walking’ into potential virus and security minefield finds web analytics firm

With less than a week to go before Microsoft pulls the plug on general support for Windows XP, it remains the second most popular operating system in the world in terms of internet usage, according to the latest data from StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that in March, Windows 7 was the global leader on 54.7% while XP remains in second place on 18.6%, more than double Mac OS X (all versions) on 8.6%.

“Despite the stark warnings and publicity surrounding the end of support in six days’ time, it appears that significant numbers of people are still using XP and sleep walking into a potential minefield of security and virus risks,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

Despite the risks, XP remains the second most popular OS in terms of internet usage in Europe (15.9%); South America (17.8%); Asia (24.9%) and Africa (30.5%). It is third in North America (14.5%). Oceania, where XP has dropped to fourth on 8%, appears to be the most progressive continent in terms of upgrading from the almost 13 year old operating system.

In the US, XP is in third place on 15%. XP is also third in the UK with 8.4%.

Individual country stats may be accessed at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201403-201403-bar

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com), an independent web analytics specialist, is used by companies, bloggers, self-employed people, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view website data in real time.

StatCounter members can learn about visitors to their site with essential statistics such as incoming traffic (i.e. how visitors are finding the site), downloads (e.g. which brochures are being accessed) and exit links (i.e. which links people click as they leave the site).

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP

XP still world’s second most popular operating system despite Microsoft’s notice to end support

Despite news that Microsoft will discontinue support in April this year for Windows XP, it remains the second most popular operating system worldwide in terms of internet usage, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, finds that in January 2014 Windows 7 was the global leader on 54.3% while XP took 19.2% on a worldwide basis.

“Even in mature markets like North America and the UK, XP remains ahead of Windows 8, 8.1 and Vista,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “This has serious implications for users, especially businesses, as lack of support may leave their data and systems at risk of exposure to security and virus issues.”

Microsoft has long advised that it will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. In April 2013 it said: “This means that XP customers and partners will no longer receive security updates or be able to take advantage of tech support from Microsoft.”1 Updates for Microsoft Security Essentials, however, will be available until July 2015.2

Despite the risks, XP remains the second most popular OS in terms of internet usage in Europe (16.9%); South America (18.6%); Asia (26.4%) and Africa (32.0%). It is the third most popular in North America (12.5%); US (12.4%) and UK (9.5%). Individual country stats may be accessed at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201301-201401

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com), an independent web analytics specialist, is used by companies, bloggers, self-employed people, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view website data in real time.

StatCounter members can learn about visitors to their site with essential statistics such as keywords (i.e. search terms used to find the site), downloads (e.g. which brochures are being accessed) and exit links (i.e. which links people click as they leave the site).

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

Read more: New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP | StatCounter Global Stats

Internet Explorer 8 adoption is slow

Internet Explorer 8 adoption is slow

Microsoft has just launched the stable edition of Internet Explorer 8.

The launch has been pretty low key affair compared to how Mozilla launched the version 3 of Firefox web browser.

As a result, not many web users have updated to the Internet Explorer 8 edition.

It has however overtaken Google Chrome in terms of market share.

StatCounter Global Stats claimed that usage of IE 8 accounted for only 1.56 percent of global Internet traffic on Friday.

The reviews of Internet Explorer 8 are also pretty mixed. Some users are complaining about the problems arising in the new edition… while others are pretty impressed with the improvements.

Rest of the web users are continuing to stick with Firefox or Chrome or Opera or Safari!