Android is the Most Commonly Used OS in the World

Android is the most commonly used operating system, according to new data by Pingdom.

Google's software is the leading OS and it makes up around 37 percent of all devices used to search and surf on the internet.

iOS was the second most commonly used software, accounting for 26 percent of the market share and is the most popular in the U.K. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, China and the U.S. use Android more frequently.

Series 40 was the third most commonly used OS coming in at just over 10 percent and Symbian along with Blackberry were the lowest, falling below that mark. Blackberry OS could receive a significant boost after the new Z10 smartphone launches later this year.

Both Android and iOS should continue to grow as new products featuring the two operating systems are constantly launching and competing with each other, crushing most of the competition.

The most popular iOS device, the iPhone 5, recently outsold the most popular Android handset, the Galaxy S3 in Q4 2012.

New data compiled by Strategy Analytics revealed that the Galaxy S3 shipped around 15.4 million units in Q4 2012 while the iPhone 5 shipped 27.4 million and the iPhone 4S shipped 17.4 million.

This shows a drastic change from the previous quarter where the iPhone 5 shipped around 6 million units and the iPhone 4S shipped 16.2 million, being beaten by the Galaxy S3 that shipped 18 million units total.

The huge growth of iPhone 5 shipments from Q3 to Q4 can be attributed to the fact that the device just came out mid-Q3 while it was available the entire duration of Q4. Holiday sales also played a role in the growth of the iPhone 5.

The data also showed the iPhone 5's global market share for Q4 2012 which is currently at 12.6 percent. The iPhone 4S market share is at 8 percent while the Galaxy S3's is now at 7.1 percent. The Galaxy S3 had the highest market share out of the three in the previous quarter at 10.4 percent.