BlackBerry OS to Fall Behind Windows Phone in November

It's no secret that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is in trouble. The company has been struggling for a while and is hoping to turn things around with its BlackBerry 10 OS. Meanwhile, Microsoft is going hell for leather in its attempt to match the likes of iOS and Android. The company is preparing to launch Windows Phone 8 this fall, and partner Nokia is set to reveal the first Windows Phone 8 handsets in a couple of weeks' time. Now it looks like Microsoft's Windows Phone OS might pass BlackBerry OS in marketshare as soon as November.

WMPowerUser points to StatCounter data in reporting that BlackBerry OS's falling marketshare may soon drop below Windows Phone. WMPowerUser says the projection is based on extrapolating StatCounter web usage data from the beginning of the year. If correct, it would make Microsoft's mobile operating system the number three mobile OS in the United States by November.

 

As it stands, StatCounter puts iOS (green) in the lead with 48.98 percent of the market. Android (pink) is in second with 38.76 percent, while BlackBerry OS (dark green) and Windows Phone (black) bring up the rear with 4.64 percent, and 1.23 percent, respectively. Last month, BlackBerry OS had 4.91 percent of the market (0.27 percent more than August), while its marketshare at the beginning of the year was 7.52 percent. If you wind that back a year, to January 2011, BlackBerry OS was sitting pretty in second place with 26.05 percent of the market. Android surpassed BlackBerry OS to become number two in February of 2011. This switch in positions was a result of Android's growth as well as the decline of BlackBerry OS. Windows Phone has grown from 0.72 percent to 1.23 percent since the beginning of 2012.

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  • Getreal = another apple troll.
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  • getrealMakes sense. Android was the closest thing to a competitor to iOS, so naturally it makes sense that people not interested in an Apple phone (not available on carrier / didn't want to pay for a phone) would default to whatever free device the carrier pushed. That and since Samsung released an iPhone with the Samsung logo on it, lots were duped into the same experience. At least Samsuck acknowledged Apple's superiority and took the coward way of copying the winner's formula.

    Seriously dude?
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  • Makes sense. Android was the closest thing to a competitor to iOS, so naturally it makes sense that people not interested in an Apple phone (not available on carrier / didn't want to pay for a phone) would default to whatever free device the carrier pushed. That and since Samsung released an iPhone with the Samsung logo on it, lots were duped into the same experience. At least Samsuck acknowledged Apple's superiority and took the coward way of copying the winner's formula.

    Meanwhile, research in motion sat back and did nothing, like Palm before it. And Microsoft has been actively pushing innovation and releasing a great new product.

    I wish MS would have been able to snag Palm / web OS. That mixed with the new Microsoft stuff would have been an interesting platform! Instead, we get the same, tired Apple clones from Samsuck. At least HTC tries to be different, but that's tough when the OS itself is a copy (a really bad and poor attempt at one), too.

    Hoping for MS success in the new mobile line.
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  • Getreal = another apple troll.
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  • getrealMakes sense. Android was the closest thing to a competitor to iOS, so naturally it makes sense that people not interested in an Apple phone (not available on carrier / didn't want to pay for a phone) would default to whatever free device the carrier pushed. That and since Samsung released an iPhone with the Samsung logo on it, lots were duped into the same experience. At least Samsuck acknowledged Apple's superiority and took the coward way of copying the winner's formula.

    Seriously dude?
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