25 most popular Windows Phone indie apps and the winners of AdDuplex May Challenge

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We got a river of comments with 5 favorite indie Windows Store and/or Windows Phone apps for last month’s challenge where were more than 800 different app names mentioned. And here is the TOP-25 applications that AdDuplex blog readers declared to be the best ones:
  1. 6tag – the most full featured Instagram app for Windows Phone.
  2. Metrotube – YouTube app for Windows Phone.
  3. Nextgen Reader – RSS reader for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
  4. WPCentral – your guide to everything your Windows Phone can offer. Read news, tips, comments, app & game reviews.
  5. Wikipedia – all Wikipedia on your windows phone.
  6. myTube – a YouTube app built to keep your video playing no matter what.
  7. MoliPlayer – all-format local video & audio media player.
  8. 6Snap – the first full featured snapchat app for Windows Phone.
  9. 9gag – 9gag application for Windows Phone.
  10. Weave – All the news you want, in one app.
  11. Insider Pro – shows your phone battery status, software version/ hardware status information, and Shortcut feature allows you to easy access your Flashlight and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location, Cellular, Airplane mode settings.
  12. Fantasia Painter – create amazingly cool photo edits and paintings easily.
  13. Toib – a simple YouTube app.
  14. Amazing Weather HD – weather app with dynamic lock screens and mix and match live tiles to bring you the ultimate experience on your phone.
  15. UC Browser – Windows Phone Browser.
  16. Flashlight-X – features a LED light, battery meter, a compass and an S.O.S mode that does not interfere with the user experience.
  17. myAppFree – an application that suggests every day a new high-quality app.
  18. Baconit – a modern metro reddit app for Windows Phone.
  19. Readit – the future of Reddit on the Windows Phone Platform
  20. Audiocloud – a SoundCloud client for Windows Phone.
  21. YouTube HD – YouTube client app on Windows phone which allows you to watch videos in HQ and HD and download videos to your phone for free.
  22. 4th & Mayor – a snappy, simple, fun foursquare client for your Windows Phone.
  23. Camera360 – it has a unique and creative compass, with six scenes to choose different effects.
  24. Calculator² – calculator for Windows Phone.
  25. Poki – a Pocket client for Windows Phone with an unique reading experience.
This time loud applauses go to Adithya Sankar who gets Nokia Lumia 1020 as the winner of AdDuplex May Challenge. Here is how Adithya rated his Top-5 Windows Phone indie apps he can’t live without (alphabetical order):
Advanced English Dictionary – The best offline dictionary I’ve ever seen. I also use it in Windows 8.
Fhotoroom – I use all their apps ( Fhotolens , Fhotostorage ) which surely are the best photo apps (IMO).
Rap dialer – I don’t know why MS still has not included this in the OS!!!

UC Browser – Love the ability to cache videos and share with Wi-FI.
Xpress Music – I  made this app bcoz I listen to music b4 sleep and found it annoying to use those tiny buttons to control my music.

 
Winners of Publish Your App Competition.

We are glad to give away the prizes for those who have submitted their apps using AdDuplex cross-promotion network. This time the happy ones are:
  • Nokia Lumia 625 (or $1,000 advertising credit) goes to Mateusz Cichenski (Out of Memory).
  • Nokia Lumia 825 (or $1,000 advertising credit) goes to Radwa Alaa (Honeymoon in Maldives).
Sincere congrats to you guys!
 
Hope you are aware of AdDuplex June Challenge! Get outside and win the brand-new NOKIA LUMIA 930.

AdDuplex Windows Phone Statistics Report for May 2014

Is Lumia 630 an instant hit? What does FIFA World Cup have to do with this report? Are some countries friendlier towards 6” giants than others? Read on to find out…

Data source

This report is based on data collected from 4114 Windows Phone apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2. The raw data analyzed was collected over the day of May 26th, 2014 (UTC time) unless otherwise stated. We have made every attempt to consolidate different reported phone model names under their canonical retail model names, but it is possible that some of the rare model name variations were not accounted for.

Worldwide stats

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Another month and no growth for Lumia 520 again. Its share actually shrank by 0.6% in May. We have a new worldwide #2 this month too. Lumia 625 was touted as the next Nokia’s volume seller when it was released and, even though it’s still just a fraction of 520s usage, it still is the second most used Windows Phone worldwide. Lumia 521 is the biggest mover this month jumping from the seven’s spot to number 4 in May. Hopefully this means much needed growth in the US.

And where are the newbies? Lumia 630 is at #30, which is not too bad considering that it has only been on the market for a few weeks. It is a few steps above Lumia Icon, for comparison.

Let’s take a look at the same data sliced a little bit differently:

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As you can see lower end WP8 Lumias (52x, 62x, 63x) own more than half of the Windows Phone market worldwide, while higher end (regular sized) phones get a bit over 12% and 6” phablets are at 2%.

Not much new in the manufacturer chart. Plus another 0.2% for Nokia though.

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As for OS version, WP7 lost another percent and more than 5% are on WP 8.1 now. Not bad for an OS that is only available to “developers” and a few Lumia 630 owners.

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We’ve got some well-deserved criticism for our OS charts which can be extended to our device charts too. As it was correctly mentioned these charts are in part based on apps that are WP8-only. This is a valid point, but one can argue that some of the WP7 apps are only used on WP7 devices too, because a separate WP8 version or a better alternative exists on Windows Phone 8. It’s difficult to determine the actual side effect of the issue, so we decided to include a version of the above chart which is based on the WP7 apps exclusively.

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As you can see there’s some notable difference, but neither of these is 100% accurate, so the truth is probably somewhere in between. Having said that, since we were making these reports based on all the apps for more than a year now, it would make the most sense to continue with the same methodology to make spotting trends easier.

United States

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Even though Lumia 520 has stopped growing globally, the 52x family continues to grow in the US. 520 and 521 combined account for almost 55% of US Windows Phones. The only other notable movement in the US chart is Lumia 1520 entering the TOP10.

FIFA World Cup is starting in Brazil next month so let’s cover the country before the data gets “contaminated” by all the visitor phones. And while we are at it, let’s take a look at some other World Cup related countries.

Brazil

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We’ve covered Brazil in February and Lumia 520 has gained more than 5% since then. Lumia 625 more than doubled its usage share too.

Spain

Spain are the reigning FIFA World champions and here’s what’s going on with Windows Phone in the country.

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Lumia 520 accounts for more than half of Spain’s Windows Phones (+6.4% since February). Lumia 625 is a distant number 2 now, and Lumia 925 has moved from #7 to #4. We can also see Lumia 1020 entering the TOP10.

South Africa

South Africa is the country where Spain became champions 4 years ago. Here’s how it looks in terms of Windows Phone usage.

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And again Lumia 520 owns more than 50% of the market.

Russia

Next World Cup (in 2018) will be held in Russia and here is who owns the Windows Phone Cup there.

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While Lumia 520 is at the top of the Russian chart, the margin is not as huge as in most other countries (still 2x of the second place). It actually shrank a bit since February. Not much has changed in the chart in 3 months, which is a troubling sign for one of the stronger Windows Phone markets.

France

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Quite a few notable changes in France in just 2 months. Lumia 625 has gained almost 3% and cemented its place as a strong runner-up in the country. We can also see Lumia 1320 entering the TOP10 straight at #7.

Czech Republic

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I don’t think we have ever covered Czech Republic in these reports and it’s about time. The picture is pretty typical there with Lumia 520 at the top, followed by 920 and 800.

Poland

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Lumia 625 is growing in Poland while everything else seems pretty still since March.

India

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Lumia 520 is shrinking in India and Lumia 625 is growing at its expense (with some help from 620). Pretty stable chart otherwise.

Thailand

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It’s been 9 months since we looked at Thailand, but surprisingly TOP3 looks exactly the same (with slightly different numbers). Not surprisingly, though, it’s Lumia 625 at #4. It is also the only country in this report with both Lumia 1320 and 1520 in the TOP10.

About AdDuplex

AdDuplex is the largest cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps empowering developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. AdDuplex was established in January 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. As of May 2014, more than 8,500 apps actively use AdDuplex to gain more visibility.

A Glance at Windows Devices Ahead of the Surface Event

Tomorrow Microsoft will be hosting an event where they will most likely introduce new additions to the Surface device family. So, today is a good day to take a snapshot of the Windows device ecosystem as we see it.

It’s important to mention that our data is collected from almost 800 apps in the Windows Store and it’s safe to assume that these apps are used more on the tablets (and especially Windows RT tablets) than on traditional PCs and laptops, so the data is skewed towards tablet and touchscreen PCs. Having said that, it should provide a good overview of the ecosystem as a whole and specifically for developers building Windows Store apps.

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Surface RT is still the most popular device to run Windows Store apps by a huge margin. That said, Surface 2 has still a long way to go to catch up with it’s older sibling, but it has moved from number 4 to 2 in less than 2 months. Surface Pro 2 has entered the top-10 too. So all of the Surfaces are now represented in the top-10.

Let’s take a look at the Microsoft’s own devices:

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Surface RT still has more than 3 quarters of the Microsoft Windows device share, but it’s domination is shrinking slowly.

And here’s what’s happening in the manufacturer charts:

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Microsoft is now a number 1 manufacturer, as far as Windows Store apps are concerned. Other than that the top-10 didn’t change since March. (Notice: our March manufacturer chart contained an error which is no fixed. We apologize for that.)

Let’s see how the new Surfaces affect the status quo in a couple of months.

AdDuplex Windows Phone Statistics Report for April 2014

Lumia 630, 635 and 930 were announced at the Build conference this month. Do they show up in our stats? Read on to find out…

Data source

This report is based on data collected from 3886 Windows Phone apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2. The raw data analyzed was collected over the day of April 17th, 2014 (UTC time) unless otherwise stated. We have made every attempt to consolidate different reported phone model names under their canonical retail model names, but it is possible that some of the rare model name variations were not accounted for.

Worldwide stats

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This could very well be the first month since Lumia 520 release almost a year ago when it stopped growing. Theoretically, it even shrank a bit, but that could be attributed to statistical inaccuracy, rather than dramatic changes in the market. Same goes for the next 3 models in the Top-10. They swapped places, but they were (and are) pretty close to one another to make any conclusions. Having said that, it is clear that both Lumia 920 is at the end of its lifecycle, soon to be replaced by the new +10 sibling. So it’s quite possible that the remaining inventories are being sold at very competitive prices and that contributed to a sudden return of 920 to the second spot. The only other notable change is that Lumia 610 is finally out of the top and Lumia 925 is finally in.

The same is true for the manufacturers chart. The numbers are basically identical to last month.

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The OS version chart is much more interesting than the previous two…

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As you can see, 3.1% are already on Windows Phone 8.1 and since this sample was taken about a week after 8.1 became available to developers, we can assume that 3% represents the share of Windows Phone enthusiasts among the whole user base.

United States

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Not much has changed in US either. The only change is that Lumia 900 continues on its path out.

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Verizon has regained a few decimal points in the carrier chart. Most likely, due to introduction of Lumia Icon, which sits at #18 in the US device chart.

United Kingdom

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520 is still at the top of the UK chart, but Lumia 625, 920, 925 and 1020 all gained market share since we reviewed the country back in February. Lumia 1020 has actually moved from #10 to 6.

Germany

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Our last look at Germany was in January and Lumia 520 has finally overtaken Lumia 920 for the top spot. Lumia 925 has slipped past Lumia 820 and Samsung ATIV S for the third place. Lumia 625 has entered the TOP 10 and Lumia 1020 moved two steps up to #8.

Italy

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Italy continues to be one of the poster countries for Windows Phone and while things looked a little worrisome in the beginning of the WP8 cycle, we are now past the hurdle and the former longtime WP7 leader (Lumia 610) is only fifth now. Lumia 625 has moved past it and Lumia 800 since we last looked in January.

China

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China is one of those odd markets where Windows Phone seems to be doing better on the hi-end than low-end. The top of the chart has not changed much in the last 2 months, but we now see Lumia 1520 at #8 and Lumia 1020 at #10.

Philippines

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I don’t think we have covered Philippines before and it looks pretty much like a typical Windows Phone country. The only notable exception is the 7th spot and almost 5% held by Lumia 1320.

Australia

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Lumia 520 is at the top in Australia. No surprises. Lumia 625 liquidated almost 5% deficit from L920 since January and claimed the second spot. Lumia 1020 is at number 4 (was 5) and Lumia 1320 is 8th.

Colombia

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Another new country for this report is Colombia – one of the countries where Windows Phone is the second mobile OS. And it is basically owned by Lumia 520 with 2/3 of the whole Windows Phone market there.

Unreleased phones

We’ve started seeing quite a bunch of Nokia RM-10xx models. We’ve covered RM-1010 last month. In addition to that, we have seen RM-1020 and 1027 both of the same lower-end 480×854 variety. Additionally we see quite a few RM-1045 phones. These are 1080p 5” devices and we see them so widely across the globe that the only conclusion we can come to is that this is the internal name for Lumia 930. That said, we would expect to find mentions of the model name for 930 somewhere on the web and a few quick searches for RM-1045 yielded nothing.

No sign of Windows Phones from all the newly announced OEM partners so far.

About AdDuplex

AdDuplex is the largest cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps empowering developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. AdDuplex was established in January 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. As of April 2014, more than 7,500 apps actively use AdDuplex to gain more visibility.

Quick Glance at Windows 8 Device Ecosystem

We’ve been doing Windows Phone device stats regularly but it was hard to extract interesting tidbits from the Windows 8 stats with thousands of different devices running the OS. That said, it’s still interesting to take a look once in a while and we couldn’t resist taking a peek right before Build.

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In more than half a year since our last look, Surface RT share has grown 1.5x and Surface 2 arrived at number 4. ASUS Transformer Book and Dell Venue 8 Pro have joined the top-10 too. And there are more than 16 thousand different PC models hitting our servers every single day.

 

Here’s a look at Microsoft’s own devices for perspective:

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As you can see, they’ve probably made a lot of Surface RTs back in the day, and now they made sure those are getting into the hands of end users.

And finally, here’s a manufacturer chart.

Correction (2014-05-19): The “Other” slice in this chart was calculated incorrectly resulting in discrepancies in all the other percentages on this chart. The order of manufacturers was correct though. The faulty chart was replaced with a correct chart below.

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It’s interesting to note that the “Other” slice has grown from less than 10% last August to more than 50% now. The order in the top-4 has changed quite noticeably too. HP is still number 1, but Microsoft and ASUS have moved past Dell.

That’s it for this issue. The data was collected from 800+ apps over the day of March 27th, 2014.

AdDuplex Windows Phone Statistics Report for June 2013

Update 2013-06-11 11:50 UTC: US manufacturer chart was based on incorrect data. Corrected.

It is time for a new installment of our Windows Phone statistics report. Is Windows Phone 7 still relevant? Did Lumia 520 take the charts by storm? What new devices to expect soon? Read on for all of this and more.

Data source

This report is based on data collected from 701 Windows Phone apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2. The raw data analyzed was collected over the day of June 7th, 2013 (UTC time). We have made every attempt to consolidate different reported phone model names under their canonical retail model names, but it is possible that some of the rare model name variations were not accounted for.

Worldwide stats

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Nothing has changed in the top-3 of the most popular Windows Phones in the world, but we see pretty significant changes starting from number 4. Lumia 620 showed some gains to kick out its last generation sibling (610) from the fourth spot. But the biggest gain was demonstrated by the Lumia 520 which almost doubled its share and moved from the 8th spot to number 5.

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After slowing down for a couple of months at the 80% mark, Nokia continued its march toward total domination, most likely thanks to the two lower end models mentioned above. More than 83% of the Windows Phones out there have their roots in Espoo, Finland.

If we look at Windows Phone 8 only, it is clear that Samsung is the biggest loser here, but it looks like bulk of its loses went to HTC, not Nokia.

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And as for the OS itself. This is the first month (at least according to our stats) when Windows Phone 8 devices outnumbered those running Windows Phone 7.

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United States

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The rankings didn’t change much in the US over the month, but we can see Lumia 521 and 928 popping up on the radar, off to a good start. As before, more than 50% of the US market is controlled by just 3 phones.

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The Windows Phone 8 lead is more pronounced in the US than world as a whole with 70% of the phones in use made after October, 2012. Based on that, we thought that it would be more interesting to look at the manufacturer and operator shares of Windows Phone 8 exclusively. This should give us a better picture of where the things are heading, rather than being distracted by the “history”.

Correction: the WP8 US Manufacturers chart that was initially posted here and probably elsewhere on the web was incorrect and represented the situation outside US rather than US. Thank you to our reader “akk23” for pointing this out!

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Last month we saw that, unlike the rest of the world, Nokia wasn’t as dominant in the US (while still at impressive 66%). But if we take WP8 only, it’s almost as bad for the rest of the OEMs as anywhere else.

And as for the mobile operators for Windows Phone 8… we have a clear leader and it’s not AT&T. Verizon leads with 43% and, since Lumia 928 has just started shipping, it’s only natural to expect for that lead to increase next month. It looks like T-Mobile has a winner on their hands too (in the form of Lumia 521), so it will be interesting to look at the operator split in the months ahead.

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France

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France was always an eccentric country when it comes to Windows Phone. Unlike any other country we covered, HTC 8S was a dominant phone in France for quite some time now. However, judging from the fact that Nokia Lumia 520 didn’t exist two months ago (when we last covered France), it is clear that Nokia did their homework and push their entry level Lumia in a market that was so welcoming to the entry level HTC. Lumia 520 is already at number 2 with more than 15% and will probably dethrone the 8S come July.

Italy

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Italy is one of the poster markets for Windows Phone, but it is still heavily dominated by first-gen WP7 Lumias. Newer models made some gains from 2 months ago (especially 620 and 520), but I’m pretty sure a bigger uptake is needed in order to keep the Windows Phone momentum in the country.

Germany

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While not much has changed in the top part of the chart in Germany, a notable fact is that Samsung ATIV S has a relatively high share in Germany compared to other countries where it rarely shows up in the top-10.

India

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The biggest sensation in the last month’s report was Lumia 520 shooting straight to number one in India. It is no surprise that it strengthened its lead this month. Another new Lumia (the 720) has more than doubled its share over the last month too.

China

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Lumia 920 has gained another 7% over the last two months in China. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it looks like Chinese like the more expensive phones. Or maybe our data is skewed by the Great Chinese Firewall.

Australia

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Not much has changed in Australia. Other than usual suspect, Lumia 520, getting a strong start with 5%, there’s nothing that changed noticeably from our two-month-old report.

New unidentified devices

Here are the devices we have seen, but were unable to identify. This list excludes repeat sightings of devices from previous months. 

  • NOKIA RM-955_apac_prc – seen exclusively in China. Has WXGA screen.
  • NOKIA LC4301 – probably a version of the test device we have seen before (P4301). Seen exclusively in US. It has an interesting firmware version – redmond_121012_123259. Runs various builds of WP 8.10.
  • NOKIA P5238 – probably another test device. Running 8.0 though. WXGA screen.
  • HTC HTCPO881 Sprint – seen in Taiwan and US (not surprising). WVGA screen.
  • HUAWEI H887L – seen in US and China. WVGA screen.
  • HUAWEI W2-T01 – this is obviously a Huawei W2 we’ve seen in multiple leaks. Apparently it was supposed to be a higher end phone, but from what we see (only four sightings) it has a WVGA display.
  • SAMSUNG SGH-I187 – not sure what this is. Seen in Korea and US only 10 times. 720p screen.

As for Windows Phone 8.1, we have seen it quite a few times. Mostly on test devices and emulators, but on quite a few Lumia 920s and HTC 8Xs too. The highest build number we have seen is 8.10.12106.0.

About AdDuplex

AdDuplex is the largest cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps empowering developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. AdDuplex was established in January 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. As of June 2013, more than 3,000 apps actively use AdDuplex to gain more visibility.