Many an Apple fan will point out that because of the very nature of the iEcosystem, the majority of devices get updated to the latest version of iOS in a rather expedient manner. Even if you’re rocking an older iPhone, you can upgrade to the newest iOS. The fragmentation of Android has led to a much slower adoption rate with Android 6.0 Marshmallow only running on about half a percent of devices. But what about the world of Microsoft and Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones?

It’s probably not going to surprise too many people to hear that the vast majority of Windows Phones out there are still running on Windows Phone 8.1 and that has been the de facto standard for some time. Windows Phone 8.1 accounts for 77.6% of devices. And even though Windows 10 Mobile is still relatively fresh out of the gate, it’s slowly climbing up the charts with just under 9% of the global market share.

This growth is spurred partly by the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL from Microsoft, but I imagine that will grow even further as more people pick up the very budget-friendly $140 Lumia 550, particularly in emerging markets.

Almost 1 in 10 Windows Phones Running Windows 10 Mobile

Of course, we also have to realize that Microsoft’s current share of the worldwide smartphone market is less than two percent, so it’s not going to take much to bump these numbers even further in favor of Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft is expected to start pushing Windows 10 Mobile onto older phones early next year.

As an aside, it’s also interesting to note that while the Lumia 950 is more popular than the 950 XL in the US and France, the reverse is true in the UK and Australia.


Via Windows Central

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