AdDuplex: Nokia Lumia 521 now the most used Windows Phone in US

Even though Microsoft and Nokia have both been promoting the Lumia 1020 like crazy for the past couple of months (it even appeared in the special Windows commercial made for The Walking Dead TV show), the Lumia 520, and its U.S. brother the 521, continue to be the most used Windows Phone devices.

The online ad network AdDuplex, which releases monthly reports on the Windows Phone devices that connect to its service, announced this week that the Nokia Lumia 521 is now the number one Windows Phone device with 19.2 percent of the market share. The phone finally surpassed the previous number one device, the Verizon exclusive Lumia 822, in October, as it went down to second with 14.1 percent. The Lumia 520 is in seventh place on the list.

Worldwide, the 520 continues to dominate the other Windows Phones, with AdDuplex showing that it now holds 21.3 percent of the market share. The Lumia 920 is a distance second with 9.3 percent, followed by the 620 with 9.1 percent. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is not even in the top 10 worldwide, with AdDuplex stating it claims 21st place overall and just 14th place among Windows Phone 8 devices. It also doesn't show up in the top 10 among U.S. devices.

AdDuplex also says that, according to their data, the average Windows Phone app now gets twice as many downloads compared to a year ago. That shows solid growth and could help the OS gain more developers, which is something that even Windows Phone leader Joe Belifore says needs to happen.

Source: AdDuplex | Image via AdDuplex

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The 521 is actually 4.1mm longer with an extra half gram of mass. The 520 lists 6.9 more hours of talk time but they have the same battery. I'm not sure the reason for that. I guess different radio components.

The 520 is my zune replacement... Best $99 every spend on a multimedia device. Stays in my car, and syncs nicely all my contacts. My daily Phone is still the 920, waiting for the next 1080p version from Nokia that matches the 1020

vhaakmat said,
The 520 is my zune replacement... Best $99 every spend on a multimedia device. Stays in my car, and syncs nicely all my contacts. My daily Phone is still the 920, waiting for the next 1080p version from Nokia that matches the 1020
I never thought about using it as a second device.

leave the higher end to the carriers, and let these phones be on every prepaid carrier. pay for exclusive displays in these shops. do the same in every walmart,supermarket.

vcfan said,
leave the higher end to the carriers, and let these phones be on every prepaid carrier. pay for exclusive displays in these shops. do the same in every walmart,supermarket.
Even on ATT it's a solid deal. $99 for the phone and their pre-paid plans are really decent.

I'm kind of surprised the 620 is so much lower when you can usually get it at the same price as the 520. After using the 620 for a while, I can't figure out what I was paying for with the $600 phones.

aside from the lacking front facing camera (trivial depending on person) its really a great phone. best phone for the money if buying new.

rippleman said,
aside from the lacking front facing camera (trivial depending on person) its really a great phone. best phone for the money if buying new.

Ascend W1 is better (better battery and a front camera) but a lot harder to find.

ROFLCOPTERS said,

Ascend W1 is better (better battery and a front camera) but a lot harder to find.

4GB internal storage means you basically can't install any apps

deadonthefloor said,
Thank you Home Shopping Channel!
Having toyed with one of these. It's a really nice phone for the money. HSN or not... good for consumers.

MrHumpty said,
... .

oh agreed.
I knew that Nokia might still have a shot in the smartphone market if they could hit this price point and agressively target the feature phone upgrade market.

Here's hoping MS keep this strategy