Bill Gates reveals mistake that helped Google overtake Microsoft.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said his "greatest mistake ever" was allowing Googles Android, rather than his own company, to become the worlds biggest mobile operating system.

The billionaire philanthropist said mobile phone software was a "natural thing for Microsoft to win", but his own "mismanagement" meant Google was able to grab a larger market share of the mobile phone market.

Googles Android is installed on just over 75 per cent of mobile devices, according to figures from Statcounter published in May, while Microsoft has just a 0.24 per cent share of the same market.

Speaking on stage at a Village Global event in the US, Mr. Gates said "in the software world, in particular for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets"

"The greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is," he said.

"That is, Android is the standard phone platform - non-Apple - phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win.

"It really is winner-take-all. If you are there with half as many apps or 90 per cent as many apps youre on your way to complete doom - there is room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and whats that worth? 400 billion? That would be transferred from company G to company M."

Google acquired Android in 2005 for around 50 million US dollars, launching the first commercial Android-powered phone -

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