Microsoft released Surface Duo earlier this month, a device that doesn’t run any Windows operating system. This decision shocked everyone, especially for the fact that the gadget is equipped with the big rival Android.
But not only do software engineers from Microsoft allowed the rival Android on their gadgets, but the big news is also this: Microsoft acknowledges that Android is the best operating system for mobile devices. The announcement came from Panos Panay himself, the chief product officer.
No Windows 10X
Windows 10X is an OS that’s first and foremost created for dual-screen and foldable devices. Therefore, it was expected to be running on Surface Duo, but Panay rooted for the usage of Android during an event at the company’s flagship store in London. He put it simply “the best OS for this product is Android”.
Even though Microsoft struggled for several years to compete with Apple and Google in the field of operating systems for mobile devices, the corporation headquartered in Washington surrendered. Their Windows Mobile was far weaker than iOS and Android since it has been lacking a lot of apps. Microsoft even encouraged its users to switch to one of the other two competing operating systems.
Android leads the way
No wonder Microsoft is ok with its products to be running the operating system from Google. Android is by far the best operating system for mobile devices, whether Microsoft admits it or not. The worldwide market share of Google’s OS is in the present at 76%, which means more than three times the market share of the biggest rival iOS. At the I/O developer conference in May, Google announced that there are 2.5 billion active Android users. These numbers are staggering, and can only mean how pleased are people with Android OS.
Even Panay from Microsoft put it plainly once again: “We wanted to meet customers where they were. And they were with Android,”
Brian Dean is just getting his feet wet as tech reporter but has already had his work featured in many major publications including Tech Spot and Tech Crunch. In regards to academics, Brian earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Brian has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.