Windows Phone 8.1 hits 3.1% saturation rate after a week

About a week after release of Windows Phone 8.1, the operating system is now on a bit more than 3% of the devices that Aduplex surveyed; the data comes from 3,886 apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2 and it was compiled on April 17.

Seeing that Windows Phone 8.1 is on 3.1% of the devices, it’s likely safe to assume that most, if not all, of the 3.1% are developers who are building applications for the platform or enthusiasts who signed up to receive the bits early. The obvious statement here is that the more developers with the new bits, the sooner existing apps can be updated to include the new features like the updated backgrounds for live tiles.

Another takeaway from the report is that when Microsoft closes the Nokia deal on Friday, it will take ownership of the brand that holds 93.5% of the Windows Phone market. Knowing this, it becomes quite clear why Microsoft had to buy the Lumia arm of Nokia, as it controlled too much of Microsoft’s user base.

Finally, there are some unnamed Nokia devices that are in testing that show up in these reports. Adduplex says that there are quite a few RM-10xx models showing up, including the 1010, 1020, and 1027.

If you were looking for new devices by the OEMs announced at BUILD, unfortunately, nothing was spotted in this month's report.

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I got my first WP just a week ago, so my impressions of the platform are only stronger than what they used to be, and I have to say that there are no bad words to describe my experience so far. Seriously, I feel so much more confident in my phone than the old Android it's ridiculous.

The social integration features require me to have less apps, and the dedicated apps I do have - I use less. It's only when I need something specific that I use them, otherwise it's mostly just the People and Messaging apps.

WP8.1 is even better, the system feels snappier, the action centre is extremely useful, though I found myself turning off any toast notifications and just sticking with the live tiles instead. I don't like the fact that Cortana replaces the Bing search app completely 'cause I type searches in both English and Serbian, and there is no real support for the latter. The swipe keyboard is f-ing awesome as well.

Some bugs and odds I noticed were that when I finished updating to 8.1 a couple of apps needed to be set up again - no big deal. The "Me" tile was considerably late to load compared to other live tiles, but that went away after a single restart. When locking the phone, the lock sound is delayed by what feels like a full second, and when I press the dedicated search key (after having disabled Cortana) the Bing app also loads with a delay. For a split second it looks like it's stuck but then it slides from the bottom of the screen, which feels clunky and odd.

Also, was there really a need to separate the Music and Podcasts app? It's not really an inconvenience 'cause I just pinned both of them, but I liked being able to quickly switch between the music in my collection and the podcasts. On that note, all the podcasts I had downloaded on my phone failed to play until I downloaded them again, weird.

All in all, after only a week I honestly can't see myself using anything else than WP ever again. It's much more simple to me, not to mention personal and there are far less headaches than with my old crappy Android.

Quite surprised at how low that number is, does it mean users are pretty happy on 8.0, or has there not been a big enough push to get users to upgrade? If it were a release of iOS I think the figure would be above 30%, more because Apple users tend to get very excited about new releases...

It is aimed at devs and enthusiasts. Sure people on NeoWin might be aware and likely to upgrade, but for most users they won't know about this update. I think there was a poll here and it was more like 30% who had updated.

I doubt it'd be any different for an iOS beta release. Hell quickly googling shows that around 40% of iPhone users still haven't updated to iOS 7.1, so I think these figures are fine and to be expected for an update that requires a dev account and some level of geekness.

You must manually install the Preview for Developers app and be registered as a developer (there's a free super easy method) for WP8.1 to install on your phone. So everyone running WP8.1 right not specifically went out of their way to install it.

I'd say 3.1% isn't too bad for that.

Later it will be pushed to everyone.

I'm a little surprised its so "low," but its a good thing. If it was 25% or something high, that'd mean WP was having trouble with mainstream consumers. This low number means a lot of normal people are using it, which is good.

If 3 out of 100 people who own a Windows Phone are either developers or "enthusiasts" enough to install a beta OS, I'd say that's way too high and it says exactly the opposite of what you're saying.

audioman said,
If 3 out of 100 people who own a Windows Phone are either developers or "enthusiasts" enough to install a beta OS, I'd say that's way too high and it says exactly the opposite of what you're saying.

You're saying what I meant. Sorry, writing fail.

audioman said,
If 3 out of 100 people who own a Windows Phone are either developers or "enthusiasts" enough to install a beta OS, I'd say that's way too high and it says exactly the opposite of what you're saying.

It's not a beta, people need to stop calling it that. It is the final build of WP 8.1, it's only offered in this way so that people can get it before the carriers roll it out officially.

I decided to wait. Voiding the warranty on my £480 phone could be an expensive mistake if something goes wrong with it in the next 9 months before its 2-year period expires...

In our home all of our WP phones are running 8.1 and nobody is a developer. We simply wanted the new bits instead of waiting for the carriers.

it's likely safe to assume that most, if not all, of the 3.1% are developers who are building applications for the platform or enthusiasts who signed up to receive the bits early

I thought the point you were making is that it's not only devs who are using the beta, and I wanted to point out that the article does state this in case you missed it, that's all.

Very impressing, 3,1% market share for a beta OS after just 9 days of availability. I hope Windows Phone 8 will soon be gone! Windows Phone 8.1, and its new developer possibilities, are awesome!

WP8.0 should hopefully be even smaller than WP7 by the end of the year. All or nearly all WP8 phones should get the upgrade to 8.1 and the phone will automatically inform the user of an available update. It also doesn't require anything other than the user to click install for it to install so it's really easy.

Windows phone 8.1 is not on any phones yet, all we have now is the developer preview. 'reporting' like this only feeds the numbers trolls..

paulheu said,
Windows phone 8.1 is not on any phones yet, all we have now is the developer preview. 'reporting' like this only feeds the numbers trolls..

It's installed on my phone. Preview or not, it is the final build.

It's the final build. Lumia 630 was released with WP8.1.

What's missing is the firmware updates to take advantage of all the new features and fix some bugs.

The ATIV S for example has a broken camera until a new firmware is released. If you switch to video mode your camera will likely stop working until you reboot the phone.

'' it's likely safe to assume that most, if not all, of the 3.1% are developers who are building applications for the platform or enthusiasts who signed up to receive the bits early ''

Uhmm.. yeah what else can you be? You either sign up because you want to build/test an app or you sign up early because you can't wait any longer (making you an enthousiast).

Ronnet said,
'' it's likely safe to assume that most, if not all, of the 3.1% are developers who are building applications for the platform or enthusiasts who signed up to receive the bits early ''

Uhmm.. yeah what else can you be? You either sign up because you want to build/test an app or you sign up early because you can't wait any longer (making you an enthousiast).

In my case, I installed it on my phone because I'm an enthusiast and I really wanted the update. I also installed it on my wife's phone even though she didn't ask (or know) about it. She's very happy with the update though.

Ronnet said:
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I've updated 15 phones using my paid developer account.
I only have the account because I'm an enthusiast and want to give those close to me a peek into the future.

@ Figure 8 Dash, How did you update you wife's phone? I would like to do the same with my fiancé and my son's phones but do not want to open another developer account. They currently all have their own Microsoft Accounts, separate from my account.