Usage share of operating systems


The usage share of operating systems is the percentage of computing devices that run each operating system (OS) at any particular time. All such figures are necessarily estimates because data about operating system share is difficult to obtain. There are few reliable primary sources and no agreed methodologies for its collection. Operating systems are used in numerous device types, from embedded devices without a screen through to supercomputers.

Most device types access the web, so using web access statistics helps compare the usage share of operating systems across most device types, and also usage share of operating systems used for the same types.

Android, an operating system using the Linux kernel, is the world's most-used operating system when judged by web use. It has 41% of the global market, followed by Windows with 32%, Apple iOS with 16%, then Chrome OS at 1.1% also using the Linux kernel.[1] These numbers do not include embedded devices or game consoles.

  • For smartphones and other pocket-sized devices, Android leads with 73% market share, and Apple's iOS has 27%.[2]
  • For desktop and laptop computers, Windows is the most used at 75%, followed by Apple's macOS at 16%, and Linux-based operating systems, including Google's Chrome OS, at 5% (thereof "desktop Linux" at 2.35%).[3]
  • With tablets, Apple's iOS has 55% and Android has 45%.[4]

For the above devices, smartphones and other pocket-sized devices make up 55%, desktops and laptops 43%, and tablets 2.5%.[5]

  • Linux has completely dominated the supercomputer field since 2017, with 100% of the top 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world running a Linux distribution. Linux is also most used for (web) servers, and then most often Ubuntu used, the most common Linux distribution.

Embedded devices are the most numerous type of device (with specific operating systems made for them), yet a high percentage are standalone or do not have a web browser, which makes their usage share difficult to measure. Hypothetically some specific operating system used in embedded devices is more popular than the ones mentioned above.

  1. ^ "Operating System Market Share Worldwide Aug 2020 - Sep 2021". statcounter Global Stats. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Mobile Operating System Market Share Worldwide - Sep 2021". statcounter Global Stats. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Desktop Operating System Market Share Worldwide - Sep 2021". statcounter Global Stats. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Tablet Operating System Market Share Worldwide - Aug 2021". statcounter Global Stats. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Desktop vs Mobile vs Tablet vs Console Market Share Worldwide - Sep 2021". statcounter Global Stats. Retrieved 2 October 2021.

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