I have published quite a few articles over the years in which I analyzed the rise and decline of operating systems or web browsers, but never really revealed how the situation looks here on Ghacks.
What's the top web browser that visits Ghacks, the number one operating system, or the top mobile operating system?
This article answers some of these questions (and a few more). Stats have been collected by Google Analytics in the past 30 day period. Please note that users who run ad blockers are usually blocking Google Analytics as well which means that this is not a 100% accurate representation.
More than 40% of Ghacks visitors use adblockers which means in worst case that about 40% of visits are missing from the stats.
The Windows family is in the top position with 71.70% of all recorded visits in the past 30 days followed by Google Android with 10.05% and Apple Macintosh with 6.28%.
- Windows: 71.70%
- Android: 10.05%
- Macintosh: 6.28%
- iOS: 5.80%
- Linux: 4.44%
Macintosh seems surprisingly high considering that I don't write about Apple or Mac systems at all. The only explanation I have for that is that Mac users are interested in browser, privacy and Internet coverage that is done here on this site.
Fun facts: 0.02% use Nokia devices, 0.11% BlackBerry, 0.26% Chrome OS and 0.51% Windows Phone.
A look at the Windows editions reveals that Windows 10 is the most used operating system, followed by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
- Windows 10: 42.56%
- Windows 7: 41.02%
- Windows 8.1: 10.91%
- Windows XP: 2.79%
- Windows 8: 1.55%
- Windows Vista: 0.99%
Windows 10's high ranking comes as a surprise but may be explained by the articles that I have published in the past months covering the operating system.
Most usage tracking services see Windows 10 at less than 20% currently. The only exception to that is Steam which sees Windows 10 at about 40% as well.
Fun facts: 0.01% use Windows 2000 or Windows NT
The most popular web browser used to access Ghacks Technology News is Google Chrome, followed by Firefox, and then Internet Explorer.
- Google Chrome: 53.53%
- Firefox: 21.96%
- Internet Explorer: 8.20%
- Safari: 7.07%
- Edge: 4.19%
- Opera: 1.69%
Please note that mobile and desktop browsers are mixed which explains why Chrome and Safari are doing better / well.
Also, many Chromium-based and Firefox-based web browsers such as Vivaldi or Pale Moon are not listed separately but included in those ratings above.
Edge is not doing overly well if you consider that more than 40% of Windows users who visited the site use Windows 10
Fun facts: SeaMonkey sits at 0.04% and Maxthon at 0.16%, and there have been some Netscape connections as well.
This is probably not as interesting as web browser and operating system stats.
- 1920x1080: 21.83%
- 1366x768: 18.09%
- 360x640: 5.42%
- 1600x900: 5,16%
- 1024x768: 4.77
Surprisingly enough, many visitors run lower resolutions than I expected.
Fun facts: The largest resolution that is statistically relevant is 3840x2160 with 0.09% of all visits. There were connections with a resolution of 1600x20000 but that sounds kinda fake. There are some weird resolutions in the report, for instance 1067x600, 962x601 or 403x617.
Now You: Did you expect this result?