July shows huge surge in the number of users of the Windows Phone 7 Facebook app

July shows huge surge in the number of users of the Windows Phone 7 Facebook app
A surge in users of the Windows Phone 7 Facebook app in July could indicate that overall, more smartphone users were turning to the platform. Between the 9th of July and the 5th of August, users of the app increased from 2.4 million to 2.9 million users. That is a 21% increase in a short time period. The growth for the Facebook app was more than twice that for the built-in Facebook integration on the OS, which grew by just 1 million users from 2.3 million to 2.4 million between July 11th and July 26th.

A surge in users of the Windows Phone 7 Facebook app in July has many wondering what it means

A surge in users of the Windows Phone 7 Facebook app in July has many wondering what it means

There could be a rational explanation for this. Those new to Windows Phone might be more familiar with using apps than with using People Hub. Another reason could be strong Facebook growth in China where Facebook integration is not offered and the app is the best way to access the social network. Growth has started to slow in early August, so more time will be needed to see if the surge in Facebook users is a real trend or just a fluke. It could indicate that buyers heard more about the platform during the Windows Phone 8 summit on June 20th. Another theory is that price cuts on many models is driving business. For example, the flagship Windows Phone model, the Nokia Lumia 900, recently had its price sliced in half by AT&T to $49.99 with a signed two-year pact.

Existing Windows Phone models will not be getting updated to Windows Phone 8 which should mean plenty of cheap handsets will be available as we move toward the end of the year. By then, we should have a better idea on what the July surge in Windows Phone 7 Facebook app users really means.

source: WMPoweruser

Growth in users of the Windows Phone Facebook app has slowed in August

Growth in users of the Windows Phone Facebook app has slowed in August


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26 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Facebook sucks. :(

24. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

The only reason I am on Facebook is because all my friends are there

25. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

im into twitter kinda person... but facebook is fun btw.... google+ is boring, but it got some unique interface that i like!

2. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

HELL YEA! WINDOWS PHONE!

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

in November i will be one of the users of the facebook app, then i will say so long android

5. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Omnia 7 > Lumia 800 > my next WP8 device + Surface 8 PRO HELL YEA!

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

More so the app got a much need update towards the end of june which made it more usable for windows users who previously would have avoided using it. Unfotunately saying that its still doesn't open alot of the facebook links and update stuff people post which would have opened on rival platforms.

6. moanismk unregistered

"... which grew by just 1 million users from 2.3 million to 2.4 million....." dafuq? did you mean 0.1 million (also known as 100 thousand)?

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I started using the app because facebook's website kept crashing in both mobile and desktop modes, as well as on my Android and computers. While the app is visually appealing and easy to use, it doesn't block posts like the web version (games especially, ugh) which has been frustrating. Since the IPO it seems the quality of the site has fallen off a cliff

8. Savage unregistered

Well, maybe the app doesnt crash as much as its iOS and Android counterpart? :P Windows Mobile platform is the one which I'd like to see.....rise.

18. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Using Lumia 900 since beginning of july, got rid of Iphone4s. FB app does not crash on me. Using it all the time. The app needs an upgrade though.

21. Savage unregistered

True. The droid and iOS apps suck big time. You either need a high-speed connection or a high-end device to function properly. I ain't used a Windows app though.

9. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

It seems like people are just plain out happy with the windows operation system and slowly adapting to its use. Remember everybody didnt like android at first it took time to grow on you and get updates.

10. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

I am a windows phone user and I could not be happier!!! Woot Woot!!!

19. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me too!

11. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

HELL YEA! NICE!

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh haters.... go return to your android nation and apple kingdom... its windows phone empire bitch!

13. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Windows Phone OS will have a good future and become the crown of Mobile OS taking the Android place (currently). But symbian still remain the crown in terms of number of buyers in the pass few years. Actually there are more Symbian phone compared to Android Phone currently in the market.

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

agree with you.. people buy symbian because its nokia.... and nokia is one of the toughest phone manufacturer ever (drop the iPhone.. iPhone break, drop the galaxy s3, s3 cracks, drop 3310 the floor breaks.. even the new lumia...) i just wish nokia will consider symbian as low end OS for smartphone not S40.. s40 are for dumbphones.... and symbian doesnt require that much... it can run fluidly on 800mhz processor! android is an ok os but heavily skinning it make it bad and laggy!!!

17. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

LOL....this is so true!!!

14. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Now people knows what a real OS should be and that is Windows Phone... They have been long in the industry. Windows Phone is the only closed source OS that encourage to share socially. I love WP. and i'm a former open source fan. I don't need to tell which OS it is.

22. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

because its linux and the os is android! :) windows phone is just a new OS it was born 2009-2010... but the real multitasker is blackberry 10 phones.. since bb10 is created base on QNX (which playbook is base too, playbook is a good multitasker) hp's webOS on the TouchPad looks similar to playbook OS and its good on handling multitasking too (i wish HP wont kill webOS and i hope it will be open source soon to stop android... but i think they need to change there name!) and meego platform too on the N9 (the REAL LINUX PHONE) but if windows phone 8 will offer a real multitasking.. then it is up to us decide who is better (android aint a good multitasker since its a big battery eater!)!! wish bb10,wp8 and open webOS the best!

27. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I'm not talking abt WP OS... i'm taking about windows when it was born during Bill's time. The experience of Microsoft with providing to the customers. Windows CE which was the predecessor of windows phone.... release in 1996 which was 15 years ago....thats what i'm talking about.

15. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Although I started using WP December of last year, and I use Facebook a lot, it's just been recently that I've started using the facebook app in my phone, due mainly to the improvements done to it. Maybe that's part of the explanation for the surge in user base?

20. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Thumbs down on all of the post are from phandroids!!!

23. Savage unregistered

Seeing that username of yours, I'm not surprised.

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