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Nokia Lumia 520 remains the world's most popular Windows Phone model

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Nokia Lumia 520 remains the world's most popular Windows Phone model
Back in 2013, the entry-level Nokia Lumia 520 was the most popular Windows Phone handset in the world. 28 months later, the little handset that could is still the most widely used Windows Phone model in the world. The latest data comes from cross-promotion network AdDuplex, which gets to see certain information about Windows Phone handset usage.

As of last week, the Lumia 520 made up 12.9% of Windows Phone models currently in use globally. Next, with 11.7%, was the Microsoft Lumia 535. The Microsoft Lumia 640 had a 6.3% slice of the Windows Phone pie, while the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL owned 3.3%. AdDuplex blames the high pricing of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL for the failure of these two models to appear on the chart.

The numbers are different in the U.S. where the Nokia Lumia 635 accounted for 30.9% of Windows Phone handsets in use. The Microsoft Lumia 640 was next with 18.2%, followed by T-Mobile's entry level Nokia Lumia 521 (5.2%).

Globally, Windows Phone 8.1 was the OS build most widely in use among Windows Phone users, owning a 77.7%  piece of the pie. With 9.5%, Windows 10 Mobile was next. Windows Phone 8 (8.4%) and Windows Phone 7.x (4.3%) rounded out the rest of the builds tracked.

No surprise, Nokia/Microsoft Lumia branded Windows Phones accounted for a whopping 96.97% of the handsets that run on the platform. HTC was next with 1.21% of the market, followed by Samsung's .59%.

You can check the stats out for yourself by clicking on the slideshow below.



source: AdDuplex via WindowsCentral

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posted on 27 Jan 2016, 13:22

1. sip1995 (Posts: 1571; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Alan you forgot to update article about the Surface "issues" .

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 13:29

2. Commentator (Posts: 3677; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


No surprise. Nothing flashy, but durable and dirt cheap. My brother's had his for over two years now, works just fine.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 13:59

3. Rafishant (Posts: 232; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


Windows Phone became so boring when Microsoft took Lumia.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 15:58 1

6. elitewolverine (Posts: 5172; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


meh android has the same % of lowend crap phones floating around, some 70%-80% of android is low end devices...not S6's etc.

However, what WP has to do is simply provide their phones on carriers, and freaking bombard the tv space with ads, all the time. I see S6 ads like candy alllllllll the time.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 15:12

4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2158; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Damn, don't forget to pour out a little Louis for our fallen homie, Windows Mobile/Phone/AnythingMobileMicrosoftAttempts.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 15:18

5. TheAmazingBoj (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)


used to have a 521, then it got stolen

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:16

7. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


The 1020 is still on e of the best camera phones. I really want a new iteration.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:18

8. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


The 1020 is still on e of the best camera phones. I really want a new iteration.

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