The mobile industry, in addition to Google, should be very proud of the milestone just reached by Android.
For the first time ever, internet use on Android devices is higher than internet use on Windows devices. Never before has a mobile platform been able to surpass a personal computer platform, but Google has managed to build Android into an unstoppable force. Let’s just point out that Android’s lead over Windows as of March 2017 is pretty small. Still, it’s a lead nonetheless. And it does mean that Android is way ahead of Apple’s iOS and OS X devices.
Last month, Google’s mobile operating system took up 37.93% of internet use worldwide while 37.91% belonged to Microsoft’s Windows. The historic difference gives Android (and mobile as a whole) its first victory. The two had been on opposite trajectories since 2012.
Despite phones being shipped more than personal computers for a number of years, this is the first time internet use has actually been won by mobile. It’s a shift we’re seeing for multiple reasons. Phones are selling at an unbelievable rate in Asia. Xiaomi and Huawei are putting a ton of resources into countries like China and India because they continue to experience growth in terms of sales.
The larger factor for Android’s success is pricing. Android devices are very affordable, especially when you consider Apple’s products in comparison. A phone running Android can be bought for less than $100; therefore, if someone doesn’t have the buying power for a personal computer, he or she can still get a capable phone and stay connected.
We already knew Android was beating iOS in the mobile-only race, but now Google has claimed another victory among all types of devices.