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Android Achieves Over 2 Billion Users, Chrome Support Later This Year

By Chandan Das , May 21, 2016 05:10 AM EDT
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Google has announced that its Android app has reached the 2 billion user mark. Although the iPhone is hugely popular in the United States, more people across the globe prefer smartphones run on Android.

Two billion is a massive number; USA Today quoted Greg Sterling, a senior editor with the Search Engine Watch blog and an industry watcher, saying. "Android is far and away the dominating operating system globally," he said.

In September last year, the Mountain View, Washington-headquartered tech titan claimed it already had 1.4 billion Android users. The company also said at the 2015 I/O conference that 1 billion users were on the Android system. Hence, it is believed that Google has achieved 2 billion Android users much before.

Meanwhile, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has projected that Android is likely to achieve 82.6 percent market share by the end of 2016, slightly up from 81.2 percent in 2015 compared to 15.2 percent for Apple's IOS. In the previous year, IOS' market share was 15.8 percent.

Aside from achieving 2 billion users for its Android operating system, Google just revealed that Chrome OS will finally have everything that several users have been demanding since its launch nearly 5 years ago. According to Google, Chrome OS will now be a true native app.

When Google rolls out support for the Chrome app later this year, it is expected that there will be more as well as improved apps compared to what one can find in the Windows Store. Most importantly, they will all be Android apps.

As far as the company's latest operating system, Android N is concerned; it is expected to arrive on new smartphones some time this fall. Android N will allow the users to do split-screen multitasking -- the ability to run two different apps simultaneously. In addition, Android N will also help enhanced battery life, allow call screening, possess the aptitude to record TV shows and also install apps more quickly.

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