China Picks Sides In The OS Wars

China has really warped web-stats. Despite being a hive of technological activity it is still an emerging market and for whatever reasons clung to the use of illegal copies of XP for far too long. That’s changing slowly but surely.

  • 7.59% went to “7”
  • 1.33% went to iOS
  • 1.74% went to “8”, and
  • 0.8% went to “8.1”

According to StatCounter, in February, 2013, XP had 57.53% share of page-views in China. In January, 2014, the share had dropped to 44.39%. That’s not wonderful but it surely beats staying flat or rising… The question in my mind is where that 13.14% share went.

Month Android/Linux GNU/Linux TOOS
2013-Feb 4.78% 0.18% 89.33%
2014-Jan 6.77% 0.82% 86.19%
Change (PP) 1.99% +0.64% -3.14%
Annual Growth Rate 41.6% 355% -3.5%

That accounts for 11.46%. Most of the rest went to Android/Linux, 1.99%, and GNU/Linux, 0.64%. The rest is mostly noise, like ME actually gaining a bit… The share of Android/Linux for January was 6.77% and GNU/Linux, 0.82%. That’s a big improvement.

I’ll take that. ;-) If this continues a while, the Wintel monopoly will be just a memory very soon.

What does this mean? Well, because that other OS is usually bundled with a PC, it means ~10% of legacy PCs in China were retired. The interesting bit is that ~2.5% were replaced with */Linux devices. That’s consistent with that other OS having no traction with small cheap computers and Android/Linux thriving there. I assume a good share of the XP machines are being converted to GNU/Linux and some GNU/Linux machines are being bought retail. It’s all good.

See StatCounter, Top 8 Desktop, Mobile and Tablet OS

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3 Responses to China Picks Sides In The OS Wars

  1. Mats Hagglund wrote, “Apple got hardly more than 5% of all mobiles and Android Linux over 90%”

    We have to keep in mind unit sales relate to changes in installed base while the web-stats should reflect the installed base. So look at the slopes of the curves and compare to market shares. Also consider that I chose to include tablets and smartphones. Apple has a huge installed base of smartphones and tablets because it started earlier than Samsung and friends but the shipments are eating away at that quite rapidly. Apple did not cover the globe and did not compete on lower prices so a decline in share is inevitable. M$ did not compete at all… chuckle…

  2. Mats Hagglund says:

    Ridiculous statistics. Apple got hardly more than 5% of all mobiles and Android Linux over 90%. However StatCounter is showing Jan-Feb 2014:

    -iOS: 4.42%
    -Android Linux: 6.86%

    http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop+mobile+tablet-os-CN-monthly-201401-201402-bar

    So they are claiming that iOS has almost 40% market share of mobiles in China. This is a great example why you can’t trust at all those statistics by StatCounter. Perhaps they are telling the trend of change but surely not the reality.

  3. ram says:

    Where does StatCounter get this stuff? When I was in China last I hardly saw ANY Microsoft software or operating systems. The Chinese government has been officially supporting Linux (Red Flag Linux) for years. Also Chinese language support is far better on Linux than any other operating system.

    StatCounter probably just cannot read the browser and OS id (in Chinese) when Chinese devices visit the sites at which they gather stats.

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