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Android Operating System maintains dominance.

An Android Operating System, developed for smartphones and tablets, is still dominating the market in Pakistan as compared to other systems. A latest data showed that the AOS registered 57.68 per cent market share compared to 26.98 per cent share of Windows Operating System. However, Windows still dominates the OS desktop market (PC and laptop) with 84 per cent internet usage share. The market shares of other operating systems include iOS 4.03 per cent, Nokia unknown 2.6 per cent and series-40 1.68 per cent, respectively.

These figures were taken from web analytics firm StatCounter which collected the data by tracking 2.5 million websites, accounted for 15 billion monthly page views. The data showed that after years of dominating sales in smartphone category, android has at last emerged as the world's biggest operating system. It edged past Microsoft's Windows in the global market, this March. The gradual progress made by android has been encapsulated in the chart which highlighted android's rise starting from March 2012.

While Windows had a staggering 82 per cent market share back then, currently its users account for only 37.91 per cent of all internet usage, compared to android which stands at 37.93 per cent.

Unsurprisingly, iOS came third with a share of 13.09 per cent in the market, while OSX trailed behind with 5.17 per cent. The only other notable OS was Linux, with a 0.75 per cent share among internet users. One of the most-interesting reports is the one which highlights the popular internet usage platforms by country. The trends are all too similar across the board, with the developing world getting internet access primarily through mobile (and android at that), while their developed counterparts almost entirely preferring Windows.

That's a testament to level of mobile penetration in these countries and should explain why markets such as China are already the largest when it comes to generating app revenues. In the West, however, android is still trailing Windows and even iOS, particularly in North America with both of the OS in the lead. In Europe, Windows is twice as big as a platform (in terms of usage) compared with android.

StatCounter also features statistics for Pakistan showing the rise of android in the country. Dublin-based web traffic analytics company found that Google-owned Android also held the biggest market share as the popular operating system across all platforms, including desktop, tablet and mobile. It topped with 57.68 per cent of market share, followed by Windows (26.98pc), iOS (4.03pc), Nokia operating system (2.6pc) and Series 40 (1.68pc).

In Desktop, Microsoft Windows, however, enjoyed 92.99 per cent market share in the country. Android left Apple's iOS much behind as the most used mobile operating system in the world during the year. Its global market share stood at 71.61 per cent. Across all platforms too, Android held 37.93 share worldwide, close to windows.

In the last five years, Android's global market share increased, while that of Windows decreased. StatCounter further said Google's Chrome has been the most popular browser on desktop, mobile and tablet in the year to March in Pakistan. It possessed 56.91 per cent market share in the country, followed by UC browser (16.78pc), Opera (7.76pc), Android (6.71pc), Firefox (3.75pc) and Safari (3.73pc). On mobile too, Chrome got the highest 49.89 per cent share in the country, followed by UC browser (23.38pc), Opera (9.85pc), Android (8.56pc), Safari (3.72pc) and Samsung Internet (2.64pc). Google remains the most popular search engine in Pakistan as well as internationally. It attracted more than 90 per cent of the global (and Pakistani) users during the past year, leaving Bing, Yahoo, Baidu and Yandex much behind in the race.

The stats tool showed that Facebook is the most popular social media platform in Pakistan, accounting for 98.97 per cent market share, despite an availability of other internationally-recognised social interaction tools. California-based social media fever faces a direct competition from at least five rivals, including Twitter (0.47pc), Pinterest (0.28pc), Tumblr (0.08pc), LinkedIn (0.06pc) and Instagram (0.04pc). Globally, Facebook regaled a market share of 87.15 per cent in the past one year.

Android is now nearly nine years old and despite the green robot android peeking out of phone shops up and down the high street, there are still plenty of people who don't know what Android is. If you fit into this category then have no fear; this article is your complete guide to understanding what Android is, what it can do and where to find it, including the best Android mobile phones, Android apps, which games you can play on Android devices, the very best features you can enjoy and how to update to the latest version.

Android is the name of the mobile operating system owned by American company, Google. It most commonly comes installed on a variety of smartphones and tablets from a host of manufacturers offering users access to Google's own services like Search, YouTube, Maps, Gmail and more. This means you can easily look for information on the web, watch videos, search for directions and write emails on your phone, just as you would on your computer, but there's more to Android than these simple examples.

What can an Android phone do?

Android phones are highly customisable and as such can be altered to suit your tastes and needs; with wallpapers, themes and launchers which completely change the look of your device's interface. You can download applications to do all sorts of things like check your Facebook and Twitter feeds, manage your bank account, order pizza and play games. You can plan events from your phone's calendar and see them on your computer or browse websites on your desktop Mac or PC and pick them up on your phone.
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Date:Apr 30, 2017
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