In 10 days, 20% of WP7 phones have gotten Mango

In 10 days, 20% of WP7 phones have gotten Mango
Microsoft has done a lot of work to make it possible for Windows Phone handsets to get software updates as fast as possible, and it looks like that work is paying off. In just 10 days, the Mango update has reached 20% of Windows Phone devices worldwide and that number is set to hit 50% in another 10 days. 

Of course this number represents just the official updates, if we were to mix in devices running beta versions of Mango the number jumps up to 30% of devices. These number are all courtesy of a WP7 app called "I'm a WP7", which pulls data from a sample of about 83,000 devices around the world, so the numbers could be fairly accurate. This update is the fastest yet for the platform. 

Some may use this as more proof that Android's update model is broken, given that the newest version of Android has just hit 39%, almost a year after its release, but of course comparing the two systems makes no sense because the models take two different sides of a tradeoff. Android manufacturers choose to iterate hardware faster and push updates slower, while Microsoft keeps tight reins on WP7 hardware, so the hardware iterates slower, but updates can push faster. 

So that leaves the question: would you rather have the newest OS update faster, or a dual-core CPU with a qHD screen?

source: WPCentral

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12 Comments

1. TrollingMotor

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

"would you rather have the newest OS update faster, or a dual-core CPU with a qHD screen?" Nice close to the article!

2. notinteresting unregistered

not really interesting news because there's only a small number of windows wp7 as confirmed by steve balmer so this 20% maybe only around 100K devices??

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

HTC alone sold 800,000 WP7 devices just in Q1 of 2011. so, I'm willing to bet there are more than the 2 million WP7 devices that you're estimating. it's not a huge number of phones, but it's not that small either.

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

and i dont think htc was even the most popular seller, at least in the Us… and i am very happy that microsoft got their updates going after an android-like nodo update.. when i updated my phone to mango it was a simple plug and update which i prefer over ota.. i really hope apple keeps their itunes updates in addition to over the air..

10. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Like any roll out, just take baby steps. The Nodo update did not go this well. But Microsoft learned from the mistakes of Nodo and Mango is going very smooth. So as WP becomes more successful, the lessons learned from this roll out will pay off. When the need for an update occurs in the future and there are millions of devices in a lot more languages, Microsoft will be ready. This is a good sign of the support consumers can expect in the future from Windows Phones. THAT is more important to me than dual core or a qHD screen.

4. TrollingMotor

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

What ever happened to the good 'o days where you can just install a brand new operating system onto a computer and get the damn thing to run perfectly by installing drivers?

6. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Over the air is much simpler and convenient, but you can still download over the computer if you choose, and whatever devices you are referring to are most likely not cell phones because you would have to wait for the carrier and the manufacturer of the phone to release the OS to the public for download, unless you download a custom OS onto a modded phone

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

mango is downloaded over the computer… it isnt an oa update

7. Roughneck69 unregistered

I'll take the OS that runs smooth and doesn't require dual cores or four cores to chug and slug and run down the battery.

9. Anti-Fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

Wait does the samsung focus new hardware 1.7 or something have mango yet?

13. Denney unregistered

Interestingly enough, my HD7 did not tell me it needed to be update. The first day the release was announced, I plugged my phone into my computer just to chance it and after a solid 15 minutes on a USB linked to Windows Phone Connector for Mac I had mango. Anyone who has not yet received the update, I highly recommend attempting to link it to Zune and see what happens. I believe MS is likely focusing on the direct link updates to separate itself from the competition. Not that it actually makes a difference, but it creates an effective illusion to do nothing but direct link updates with very solid builds as opposed to having very buggy OA updates.

14. lolwhat unregistered

yesterday i've updated my hd7 using zune, the whole updating process is a pain in the a$$, prefered OTA tho

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