Seen on BleepingComputer (and pointed out by @alienmelon thanks )
Today's Most Installed Software: Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, Flash Player
As everyone kind of expected, Google Chrome, the world's leading browser with a comfortable market share of above 50%, is also the most installed software package.
This is one of several findings of a report from Czech security giant Avast, which aggregated anonymous usage data from a whopping of 116 million PCs.
According to Avast, second to Google Chrome in term of the number of active installs is Adobe's Reader app, followed by Flash Player (Active X version). The rest of the top 10 is made up by Firefox, the Flash Player Plugin, Skype, VLC Player, WinRAR, Java, and Adobe AIR.
wait a minute ... "a report from Czech security giant Avast" ?
well let's go to the source
ah here it is
The Avast PC Trends Report for Q1 2017 looks at the
anonymous data of millions of desktop and laptop users
worldwide running Windows® to give a real world picture
of most used applications, which hardware is the most
popular, which software is outdated and more.
So out of those 116 Millions samples we have the top 10 most installed programs
4 out of 10 are from Adobe
#2 Adobe Reader
#3 Flash Player (Active X)
#5 Flash Player Plug-In
#10 Adobe Air
And I must say I'm all confused ...
About 2 weeks ago, I was reading on Chromium Blog
So long, and thanks for all the Flash
Three years ago, over 80% of Chrome daily desktop users visited sites with Flash. Today only 17% of users visit sites with Flash and we’re continuing to see a downward trend as sites move to HTML.
with that graphic
How it is possible to appear twice in the top 10 software downloads and at the same time have 80% decline in usage ???
Ok, let's stop playing coy and cut through the Google bullshit.
Those are not super fresh numbers but from Adobe AIR by the Numbers
in January 2015, for Flash Player we have "1.5 Billion monthly updates from adobe.com"
then in November 2016, for Flash Player we have "Over 1 Billion monthly updates from adobe.com"
And here in Q1 2017 (that means from January to March 2017) Avast tell us that Flash Player
is part of the top 10 most installed programs on Windows.
How come then Google is telling us that Flash is 80% in decline then ?
Oh they played on words those bastards ... they did not mention "installs" or "downloads"
~80% decline in Flash usage.
and what is "Flash usage" for them ? it is how much users use Flash inside the Chrome browser.
But then they block Flash by default, so yeah off course the usage gonna go down and decline.
That's basically a textbook example on how you manipulate stats, because all stats can be manipulated one way or another, it's all depends on interpretation.
In the Adobe MAX numbers for Flash you will see first
Over 1 Billion monthly updates from adobe.com
Integrated into all Google Chrome installs and Chrome OS devices
Then from there I can say that each Google Chrome installs is equal to Flash Player plugin installs,
so if Chrome market share is above 50% then I could legitimately say "Flash Player has 50% market share", which is not completely true but not completely false either.
To come back to those Avast stats, here few more
Global Windows usage
Windows XP is still installed on 6.5 million of our
users PCs which is just over 5% of our sample
base. This is a 15 year old operating system that
was discontinued almost 3 years ago with Microsoft
not issuing any significant security updates or bug
6.5 millions of Windows XP users, that's an interesting stat!!
When you see all those journos celebrating the death of Flash (because EOL announced for 2020)
They don't say that "Flash is in decline" or "Flash is about to be dead", no to them "Flash is already dead",
the same thing they are repeating since 2010 .. remember it is about perception.
All those online mags and others want the general public to perceive the Flash Plugin as dead,
but I can tell you even after 2020 many millions users will still find a way to play those SWF files.
In fact, if someone were planing an Adobe AIR app to play those SWF files inside the browser engine of Adobe AIR (Safari WebKit) which does not block the Flash Player plugin, it would be a good idea to make that AIR app Windows XP compatible, last official mention is for AIR 16 but you can perfectly install AIR 23 for Windows XP.
Other interesting stats is the amount of RAM
Most popular memory size - 4 Gigabyte
In conclusion, all those stats are interesting but still to take with a grain of salt,
not that I think Avast is manipulating the numbers but just to say it is a sample of 116 Millions,
I could for example take my own 10 Millions samples of those 116 Millions and extrapolate other kind of numbers.
Still, it is interesting to see Adobe AIR in the top 10, to know that 4GB of RAM is most popular, etc.
The trick in those trends and stats is for you (indie dev) to discover that little window of opportunity
and to grab a slice of those users bamboozled by those big corpo like Google.