An anonymous associate is the developer of a popular application for Windows Phone 7. The advertising platform he uses in the application reports on the location and nature of devices that are requesting ads. There’s nothing nefarious about this: it’s the same as any web server collecting browser statistics.
First let’s have a look at the popularity of devices. In the graph below, the I917R is the Samsung Focus, and the T8788 is the HTC Surround. Combining the Focus and the Omnia 7, Samsung is pretty much owning the Windows Phone 7 device space at the moment.
One thing you’ll note is the anaemic performance of LG. This goes some way to explaining their grumpiness about uptake of Windows Phone 7. Turns out it’s not WP7’s fault, it’s probably LGs fault for not getting their phones in the right shape, location, price, or quality to meet the market.
If we look at hits by country, the trend is pretty straightforward: North America, UK, then everyone else. The lack of hits from Germany and France are probably due to this particular application requiring a good grasp of English. I’ve heard WP7 sales in Germany are going well.
Still nothing official about those updates promised out of CES, but fingers crossed we’ll hear some news (of any sort) at Mobile World Conference in a couple of weeks.