Android-based devices have long dominated those running iOS in terms of market share. Now, for the first time, overall usage of iOS as an operating system has fallen to second place worldwide, according to new research from Net Applications.
In July, worldwide usage of iOS as an operating system dropped to 44.19 percent, compared to 44.62 percent for Android. One year ago, Android’s share was just 25.28 percent, compared to the 58.26 percent for iOS.
These numbers aren’t all that surprising, as Apple has yet to release a new iOS device in 2014. By contrast, both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 have been released in recent months.
Still, the coming launch of new iPhone and iPad models probably won't change the overall trend. Since at least August 2012, worldwide usage has been shifting away from iOS and towards Android.
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