50% of active Windows Phone units won't be updated to Windows 10 Mobile

50% of active Windows Phone units won't be updated to Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 Mobile update will be sent to the following Windows Phone powered handsets: Nokia Lumia 1520, Nokia Lumia 930, Microsoft 640, Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, Nokia Lumia 730, Nokia Lumia 735, Nokia Lumia 830, Microsoft Lumia 532, Microsoft Lumia 535, Microsoft Lumia 540, Nokia Lumia 635 1GB, Nokia Lumia 636 1GB, Nokia Lumia 638 1GB, Microsoft Lumia 430, Microsoft Lumia 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q, and the MCJ Madosma Q501. Popular models like the Nokia Lumia 920 were left off the list. Also not receiving the update is the most widely used Windows Phone handset of all time, the Nokia Lumia 520.

According to Windows Phone cross-promotional ad network AdDuplex, taking into consideration the number of active users of each Windows Phone model, about 50% of Windows Phone handsets in use today are not going to receive the update to Windows 10 Mobile. While Microsoft originally said that it would update all of the Lumia phones that it possibly could, it now appears that the software giant is making its decisions based on the satisfaction of users using the Insider builds.

In one way, this makes sense. Microsoft is going to want to send Windows 10 Mobile to those phones where the update receives the most positive reviews from users. And checking users' satisfaction to the Insider builds is one way to see this quantified in numbers.

The data produced by AdDuplex reveals that the Lumia 520 remains the most used Lumia model. The low-end handset represents 12.9% of all Windows Phone units currently in use. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is next with an 11.7% share of active users. It also is the most active Windows Phone handset set to receive the Windows 10 Mobile update. The Microsoft Lumia 640 had the highest increase over the month, gaining 1 percentage point while the Lumia 520 declined 1.1 percentage points.


source: @ailon via MSPowerusers

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68 Comments

1. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

96% of active Android units won't be updated to Marshmallow.. Android is my favorite platform, but it is the worst when it comes to update. LOL!

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

96% of what Android can do, Windows can't do it. LOL !

10. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

At least you understand it! @juandante Updates does not make a phone. An Android Phone, running even the old Kitkat, still can come more than what Windows Mobile can do! I buy a phone for it's out-of-the-box capabilities. I consider updates as a bonus. And not all updates are actually worth it! In fact, the best to enjoy a new versoin of an Operative System is to purchase a smartphone which comes preloaded with it out of the box.

18. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

''Microsoft is going to want to send Windows 10 Mobile to those phones where the update receives the most positive reviews from users'' So rather than fixing bugs in W10M, they punishing the users because of negative feedbacks?LOL

29. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@Rafishant It's about Microsft focusing on the majority where the users are actually excited of the Windows 10 Mobile update. It's quite costly to maintain servers and pointless (as per Microsoft) to roll out updates where the majority do not give a sh*t about it.

62. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

No, its s cuz they already tried to fix problems but still had issues with that particulars phones

21. sgodsell

Posts: 6910; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So nothing new here. It's the same crap when Microsoft dropped Windows Mobile for Windows Phone, then they dropped Windows Phone 7 for Windows Phone 8. Same crap, different day.

50. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Next will be WP10.

58. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Yep! I was left behind, and very fast, when I bought Nokia 800. I never looked back for Windows phone.

63. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

When u buy a Samsung phone u have updates forever?

15. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Really like what? I'm curious because I can even select which bands (ie 1900 pcs, 700 mhz band 12 LTE without the need for the phone itself to force me on a band I don't want to be in.

27. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Though you can't select bands on default on Android, there's an app in the PlayStore called LTE Discover. Multitasking on Windows Phone, from my experience, is very bad. To leave apps and processes in the background and returning back and meet them intact? It's multitasking sucks, even on Windows Phones with 2GB+ RAM! What about File Managing? Let alone customization.

30. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

LTE Discovery only let's you see what bands your phone is connected to, not connect to a desired band, whereas I can connect at will without the need for rooting or voiding my warranty. Multitasking, is a breeze, windows phone, at least my lumia 1520 and 1020, don't lag and make multitasking a breeze, I especially love skipping through the YouTube ads at will. File managing is there, you just have to download the app but even then what's the purpose of it when all your files are already accessible from the destination of the file? I.e. Pictures will go under pictures, word documents will go under office, music will go obviously under music. Customization is amazing, you have live tiles and can change backgrounds at will, however what's the benefit of pimping out your phone? I used to do it when I was in high school, but what's the point now? To feel like a kid again? Seriously, I fail to see your logic when I have rebuttals for you.

37. Subie

Posts: 2303; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Great rebuttal Bernoulli. I would also add Continuum to the list when it comes to multitasking. Does Android do that Adreno?

44. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Great point, I was only mentioning from my Lumia 1520, thanks for the input.

40. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Huh? Windows Phone's customization and multitasking abilities are INFERIOR to Android's. And when rooted, oh... It's a whole new level altogether! Deal with it.

43. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Huh, yep that pretty much describes your mentality, which is that of a teenager. The multitasking is by no means inferior, especially when you account android's lag, particularly if you have a touchwiz powered mobile. Rooting, if possible (i.e. Samsung KNOX and BlackBerry Priv) voids your warranty and much more prone to viruses and malware, but seriously, why are you so ignorant? Can your phone turn into a full-fledged PC like Continuum does and continue working on a word document? That's multitasking to a whole new level, newbie.

46. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

On l1520 with win 10m it looks much better than on wp 8.1

51. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

bro only kitkat 4.4 was good and stable after than 95 % of user hate lolipop version main is file reallocation . marshmallow and bla blah are utter flop

54. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

95% of Android users hate Lollipop? Where did you get such an erroneous data? Provide proof, please!

68. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You have yet to reply to me, newbie, otherwise you're standing by what I said about lagdroid.

65. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I totally agree with Adreno here, how in the world could you think that!! Android L was the most exciting android update in it's recent history, it's also the most popular android version now. I would go even so far as saying that android L was more exciting that M considering that in brought many visual changes and many features. Android M simply improves on what android L already had and it also adds a little more feauture (mainly security feautures that android lacked on).

32. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

buy an iphone. this is what is wrong with the fragmemted poor apps non supported good os running on octacore platforms with 4 gigs of ram. for what! at least an iphone 4s is still updated to latest ios 9.?? here is a clear unbiased example. iphone 4s and galaxy s2 were releases same time. CASE IN POINT. GALAXYS2 is gone to the grave and not getting any updates from google or carrier has a resale value of 0 dollars. on the other hand. iphone4s gets updated to ios 9 and can still be sold. try selling a gs2 anywhere other than overseas where in emerging markets its still suffice. people like techie who swear by samsung and specs will never get it. wake up. i did. its about the experience and money in my pocket.

38. Charlie2k

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Microsoft won't update old phones because it would make them suck. Apple gladly updates old phones because it makes them suck. That's the difference... one of them care for the experience. One of them only care about money and forcing people to buy new phones.

42. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

That's exactly what is happenning. Microsoft cares to conserve it's already small userbase. Apple might actually care for the user experience, but does not need to fear about losing it's userbase because of an iOS update potentially bringing old deviced into a crawl, since they're the only ones who make iOS devieces. So Apple releases iOS 9 for iPhone 4S, and whatever happens to people's iPhone 4S is no big deal to them.

33. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

The Nexus devices running stock Android make Android updates nicely. Don't blame Android, blame the manufacturers running skins on top of Android like Samsung Touch Whiz, LG Optimus, Sony Xperia, HTC Sense and others. Plus, blame the carriers bloatware causing updates not to happen. Samsung and other manufacturers, for example, would rather make a new device each year, sell a mammoth amount of new phones to consumers with current Android OS, than update the OS on last year's model.

52. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

for me till now android 4.4 was stable and good rest are useless and bug

71. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You can stay with 4.4 forever! Does not make a different for the rest of us. I like KK not enough to swear off future release which in my personal experience is better.

55. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

But microsoft promised updates for 36 months

2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Lol I agree at least if they want they can stay in the insider program to get windows 10 mobile. As a owner of nexus 6p & lumia 960xl I find it crazy that .1% of android running android N 2% running marshmallow. Love both phones os's though.

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