Hey, Microsoft: it’s time to step down from the internet throne and hand the crown over to Android.
The latest internet usage data from StatCounter, an independent web analytics firm, found that Android overtook Microsoft Windows for the world’s largest share of internet usage by operating system last month. It was the first time—ever—that Microsoft wasn’t in the top spot, signaling the ever-increasing shift in global internet consumption habits from desktop PCs to mobile.
This wasn’t a huge shift, as unprecedented as it may have been. Android internet usage only edged out Windows by only .02 percent, coming in at 37.93 percent of the total market to Windows’ 37.91 percent.
What’s more remarkable is the rapid year-over-year growth of Android usage, especially in light of Windows’ free-fall from dominance.
Worldwide, Microsoft still holds strong as the dominant internet OS, holding strong to North America, Russia, and much of Europe. In North America, Android wasn’t even the runner up — StatCounter reports iOS held a nearly five percent advantage, 25.7 percent of users to Android’s 21.2 percent.
Android holds the title for March 2017 — and with internet access growing around the world, it very well could widen the gap going forward. Apple’s increased focus on some of those markets might cut into Android’s dominance, but until there’s another major shift, Android could be the OS king for the foreseeable future.
This article was originally published on Mashable and can be accessed here.