Windows Phone stats for February: Nokia still leading, low-end devices are selling well

We mentioned earlier, some stats from the Adduplex report that had been teased on Twitter. These showed how the Windows Phone market is divided between speakers of different languages and how only 33% of users actually chose English as their primary language for the OS.

Well we now have the whole report and it paints an interesting picture about Microsoft's mobile operating system. The data refers to the month of February and was collected worldwide across a variety of apps. As you can see in the chart above Nokia's Lumia line pretty much dominates the marketplace with the Lumia 800 taking the lead at 17%. The new low budget Lumia 620 makes its first appearance while older Windows Phone 7 devices like the HTC Radar and Samsung Focus have been relegated to the "Other" category.

Windows Phone 8 as a whole has also increased its market share versus Windows Phone 7, to 31% up from 26% last month. When it comes to manufacturers Nokia takes the lion's share with 78.1% of the total Windows Phones out there. According to Alan Mendelevich from Adduplex it's interesting to note that smaller manufacturers like HTC and Huawei have actually seen a bit of an increase compared to LG and Samsung who have all but abandoned Windows Phone.

In the U.S., the market is led by Nokia. Worthy of note is that middle-end devices such as the Lumia 820 and its variants are the definite winners in the American market with 29%. That Nokia is leading is no surprise to anyone but HTC isn't doing too bad either with a combined market share of 26% , their high-end HTC 8X leading the way.

All in all, it's been a pretty steady month inside the Windows Phone ecosystem with newer lower-end devices making a healthy appearance in the marketplace. If you want a bit more info and a few more charts be sure to visit the Adduplex blog tomorrow when the report is made public.

Images via Adduplex

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I have a Lumia 920 unlocked european, but I got my mom and my uncle both on verizon in USA to buy the 822 because there wasn't a 92x version on verizon

The most important stat above is how well Verizon is doing with the 822. 21% Windows Phone market share vs only 18% for the 920.

This, despite the fact that the 920 is the clearly superior device and was sold at an equal price which also INCLUDED a free wireless charging pad. The only explanation is that Verizon's larger customer base proved to be the largest factor in determining North American market share.

It really goes to show that Nokia shot themselves in the foot with the ATT exclusivity.

I don't like it when carriers get exclusive phones. I miss the days when a phone would launch with most major carriers so everyone has the option of buying it on-contract. Now, I don't agree with buying a phone on-contract. I'd rather pay full price with the freedom of cancelling at any time. Better yet, I'd rather buy the device unlocked.

But anyway, the Nokia Lumia 920 can only be bought from one carrier in Canada (Rogers) and it's only available in black. Also, it looks like the exclusivity is permanent.

Anaron said,
I don't like it when carriers get exclusive phones. I miss the days when a phone would launch with most major carriers so everyone has the option of buying it on-contract. Now, I don't agree with buying a phone on-contract. I'd rather pay full price with the freedom of cancelling at any time. Better yet, I'd rather buy the device unlocked.

But anyway, the Nokia Lumia 920 can only be bought from one carrier in Canada (Rogers) and it's only available in black. Also, it looks like the exclusivity is permanent.

Rogers has white and red as well now.

Oh god, just f*cking learn to use PNG, man. How many times must I repeat myself? JPG block-based coding artifacts are FUGLY.

Clearly not a web designer but this should be amazingly obvious... The reason the vast majority of images on the net are JPEG is because it generally produces way smaller file sizes than PNG, especially for larger images as PNG is lossless, it has no compression. JPEG on the other hand has adjustable quality/compression settings, and here the setting is simply too low.

Bandwidth isn't free.

Yeah you're clearly clueless about it. It greatly depends on the type of image. This one's exactly the type where PNG produces smaller files with lossless quality.

These stats are always funny to me. Windows Phone 8 hasn't been out a year yet and Nokia is only real player. Of course they'd be number one.