Chrome OS has higher market share than other Linux distributions

Chrome OS the most used Linux on desktops

For those who don't know very well, ChromeOS is an operating system that powers Chromebooks, which are laptops dedicated to internet access and cloud applications, in the US they have turned out to be a viable option for many people who just use the computer to navigate or who They work directly through a browser, which my case even 90% of the time.

StatCounter tends to release partial bulletins from time to time and this time a catch drew attention, ChromeOS has more market share than the other apparently added Linux distros.

Chrome OS in front of Linux

As we can see in the image, the survey was surveyed over a period of one year, between February 2016 and February 2017, taking into account a certain range of website hits, ie it does not represent absolute reality, but has a good sample content, although the remainder left out could change these values ​​drastically.

In the US, as well as virtually worldwide, Microsoft's Windows leads with a good slack at 74.1%, secondly we have Apple macOS with just over 20% and then we have ChromeOS with almost 3, 5%, Linux comes later with 1.47% …

But "wait" for a minute ….


I would like to understand why these operating system counting sites understand Linux as what it is: A Kernel.

ChromeOS is also a Linux based system that uses a modified version of Gentoo as its base, so … why not tell everything that has Linux Kernel as "Linux"?

– Ah! But Linux is not a complete operating system, it's just a kernel!

Well, I agree, so we can follow the applied logic and separate by systems (distros), Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, ChromeOS, Android and so on, "Linux", so to speak, also ChromeOS in this case. , just like Linux, the Android Kernel and the whole list, the folks have a separate account on why, honestly, Linux as a Kernel shouldn't even be on the list, yes distros, what people use on LINUX (not just him), the operating system that loads this core, be it ChromeOS, Ubuntu, Android or whatever.

… returning

Although ChromeOS has gained an interesting audience in the US, it has not been able to make much success outside of developed countries, so why? Simple, which Brazilian city has Wi-Fi signal open or for an affordable price everywhere? Yeah, it hasn't.

This is not a rule in the US, but let's say it is much better than here in this respect (perhaps not only in this one), but in the end, not only does Brazil fit this internet shortfall, like many other countries and how ChromeOS looks like very limited without connection, although today many things work offline, it loses some of its purpose.

This sort of thing seems to be causing Google to reshape ChromeOS, or at least the market space it occupies, for something new, bigger and better, so far without much information. Andromeda project gives some clues.

And in Brazil, how?

As I was curious about the data, although I do not agree with it 100%, I decided to find out what the statistics of StatCounter for Brazil, let's look first the Desktop platform:

Operating Systems in Brazil

Here in Brazil the advantage of huge Windows, taking into account StatCounter data at least.

With almost 92% of users, it is the predominant system, Apple is still second but with almost 1/4 users, compared to the US data, much is due to the Brazilian prices of the Macs, no doubt.

In the Brazilian graph "Linux" occupies the third position with 1.22% of users and ChromeOS does not reach 1%, for easy to understand, Chromebooks in some cases cost the same as other Notebooks and still have the Internet issue, which I had already commented on and there is an unknown 1% there too that could be Linux, BSD, or anything, even Windows, maybe it's people browsing using TOR or something, honestly, not know.

Now the graph of mobile devices, specifically Smartphones:

Ranking of mobile operating systems in Brazil

When it comes to Mobile, Android Bayern Munich operating systems, with almost 84%, it dominates the market widely (funny that here they do not count as Linux, even though he uses the Kernel too, I still don't understand why). ..), secondly we have iOS, as expected with almost 10% of users, the rest of users dilute between users of Windows and other smaller platforms that it is not clear exactly which system would be, and Windows has little more than 2.5% of used.

Mobile devices are also Tablets, so let's have a look at this category:

Market Share of Tablets in Brazil

Here I confess that I had a surprise! Do you mean that half of the people who have Tablet in Brazil, have iPad? Alright then …

According to StatCounter data Android and iOS are practically tied and Windows doesn't have 1% in this segment, now … don't ask me "what is it" this Linux there in the list, if not Android, I have no idea what it is . What other Linux-based system is sold in the Brazilian mobile market besides Android? If you know comments to, I was curious. And once again, they separate Android from Linux when They are the same thing.

In the US, iPad dominates the market completely by about 70%, with Android only 21% and Windows reaching almost 0.5%.

And tell me what conclusion you draw from this data! 🙂

See you next time!

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