The guys over at AdDuplex have published their latest numbers for the performance of Microsoft’s operating system: Windows Phone. The report highlights how many devices are running various versions of the operating system, as well as the devices and manufacturers. Interestingly, the report also reveals some unreleased Windows Phone devices from time-to-time — not always.
This month’s numbers appear to be good for Microsoft as the company’s latest operating operating system, Windows 10 Mobile, is running on 8.8 percent of devices. The company released Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, as well as the budget-friendly Lumia 550 in several markets so it can possibly be the reason for a hike in the percentage. Windows Phone 8.1 still leads the charts with 77.6 percent despite a decline of 1.3 percent.
When it comes to devices, Lumia 520 continues to be the most popular Windows Phone handset globally with a 14 percent share, but it continues to decline as Microsoft releases more affordable options. The most notable change here is the rise in the market share of Lumia 640 which is now residing at 5.3 percent, a rise of 0.7 percent. In the United States, Lumia 635 captures a 31.3 percent share, but it has seen a decline of 0.8 percent compared to last month’s statistics. The biggest change here is of the Lumia 640 which now has 16.5 percent share compared to 14.5 percent last month.
Apart from the top Windows Phone devices, the folks at AdDuplex mentioned that Lumia 950 is twice more popular then its bigger sibling, the Lumia 950 XL, in several markets including the United States. Nonetheless, the devices announced at the company’s October event — Lumia 950, 950 XL and Lumia 550 — are yet to make an appearance in the top ten.
There’s nothing new in the numbers when it comes to Windows Phone manufacturers. Microsoft (formerly Nokia) has the biggest chunk with 96.97 percent of Windows Phone devices under its name, followed by HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Blu and others.
Coming over to the most interesting part of this month’s report, the research firm found several unreleased devices. Among the list is a 5-inch 720p display handset from Microsoft with a model number RM-115 as well as RM-1160/1162 which is yet another device from the Redmond-based company boasting a 5.4-inch display with a 1280 by 720 resolution.
It’s not just Microsoft, Windows 10 devices from other manufacturers were also spotted in the mix. An alleged device from LG with a model number LG V496. Doing a quick search about he model number reveals a tablet from the Korean company running Android and an 8-inch display. So, there’s a possibility that we may get to see a Windows 10 powered tablet from the Korean company in the coming weeks.
AdDuplex also found several instances of Acer S58xW WxGEN1. In their tests, the handset appeared in two variants: one feature a 1080p resolution while the second one has a 1280 by 720 pixels resolution — both devices variants have a 5-inch display. Can this be the handset which comes with Continuum supported hardware? You never know.
It’s not just these devices, HP is also apparently testing a 5.4-inch handset codenamed Falcon. In case you can’t recall, the handset made an appearance on GFXBench earlier this month, revealing some of the specifications, including a Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, 20MP camera and a 12MP front-facing camera.
Last but not the least, it also seems that several manufacturers are testing the Windows 10 Mobile operating system on their devices, including the HTC One M8, HTC Windows Phone 8X, LG Lancet, Samsung ATIV S, Samsung ATIV SE, Huawei Ascend W1, Huawei Ascend W2 and several others. Before you get too excited about these devices, do note that it doesn’t mean they will surely get the update — we hope they do and at its earliest.
The report also listed the performance of Windows Phone devices in several global markets, such as France, India, Russia, etc. You can check out the complete report here.Further reading: AdDuplex, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft, Windows 10 Mobile