Watch Android eat BlackBerry's global smartphone marketshare in color
Most people will tell you that BlackBerry's fate was sealed on that date in late June 2007 when the OG iPhone was released. But was that really the problem? After all, the shares of BlackBerry parent RIM continued higher for nearly a year, peaking above $140 in June 2008. Even as recently as 2009, BlackBerry still had a decent share of the smartphone market. It wasn't until the success of the Motorola DROID combined with the excitement over the Nexus One to kickstart an amazing growth in the Android platform, that BlackBerry started its precipitous decline.
Check out the chart below, published on Thursday using data from Gartner. As the green (for Android) continues to take up more and more of the graph, you can see how BlackBerry's slice of the pie continues to shrink. So if BlackBerry fans need someone or something to blame for the problems afflicting BlackBerry, Android might be more to blame than Apple. And of course, a management in denial was also part of the problem.
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Is Android to Blame for BlackBerry's problem
source: BusinessInsider via BGR
6. designerfx (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
this is the first time in a while something from BGR acknowledges that android has way more marketshare than apple, that apple marketshare is not growing, and that windows marketshare is not growing.
33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
If Windows Phone market share isn't growing, then how come Nokia's Lumia shipments have continued to rise 25+ percent each business quarter? Their numbers appear to add-up, but your own misguided notions don't...
35. tedkord (Posts: 3782; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Because the market is growing faster than their share. If their sales increase 25%, but the overall number of smartphone sales doubles, their market share drops.
39. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
The only thing that has doubled for Android is the number of malware infesting the OS. Nobody that even remotely cares about security related issues will touch Android with a ten foot pole. Windows Phone will eat BBRY's market-share, not Google's crappy OS...
40. moroninc (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Malware?? iOS had their imessage app pulled and hacked so it can run on Android... when it comes to Hacking your pathetic phone nothing is impossible!!!
43. Pedro0x (Posts: 254; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
What malware are you talking about? I´ve had my android phone for 3 years and I have never got any malware on it, and the same goes for my friends. The only ones that get malware on their phones are stupid people under iq 90 which click on ads or something like that. But that is their problem, not androids.
The only reason WP is beginning to sell more is because of the ridiculously low priced phones like lumia 520, 620. Don´t get me wrong those phones are awesome for its price and that is why they are selling, because of its HW not SW. Almost nobody is buying ''high-end'' WP phones.
26. akki20892 (Posts: 2290; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
android is gaining market share every year, just think how ios, wp and bb will looks like after some years maybe just a thinner line...............lol.
46. zero1 (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
Apple fans u r going down more and more till u suck android's d**k's fans
27. JMartin22 (Posts: 535; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Enjoy your nasty looking phone that hasn't hardly changed in 7 years. Just physically taller and with an interface more saturated with nasty pastel coloring with (just recently) implemented basic multi-tasking.
30. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yea just imagine having all the features from Android™ along with Sony Z1 specs! Talk about sluggish! It would be more like snail!
More like a full OS, than your beloved pride and joy! Hardcore Apple fanboy and his halfbaked Darwin fake multitasking with it's app launcher device!
Enjoy your dummy phone!
36. tedkord (Posts: 3782; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
You should really join is in 2013. 2010 is gone.
41. moroninc (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Get a nexus if you hate the sluggish skins that Samsung or HTC have on them, dont blame Android you will see the difference
3. Sire3008 (Posts: 70; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
Blackberry is simply paying for their negligence and complacent behaviour
7. MartyK (Posts: 665; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
You are 100% correct!!, this is what happen to all the Great/Top comapnies in the past ( Nokia is the next victim)
34. downphoenix (Posts: 2134; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
well technically Nokia is already a victim and BB came just afterwards. It was literally what, a span of a couple weeks between the nokia sale to MS and the BB privatize sale?
18. SellPhones82 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Yeah, I really think this had more to do with what RIM/BB was NOT doing. Their users got tired of waiting for them to evolve and found alternatives that offered what they wanted. By the time BB got their stuff together it was too late.
4. nguaca (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)
Android will die in a few year and some news will come.
8. MartyK (Posts: 665; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I disagree (base on the open souce); as long as Google monitor it and foster it's growth, Android can be the Macdonald of the Cell World.
12. nguaca (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)
In this society, some will rise to its peak then fall, nothing is forever.
20. Immolate (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
In any society, not just this one. A niche player can sustain their niche indefinitely, but the top dog will always grow complacent and be replaced by the new dog. Android did it to Apple. Someone will do it to Android. But it may be a very long time before that happens.
23. Navaid (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)
Android can't have a instant death, But if a completed OS like Tizen or other spend total time in app development and release the OS in 2016 after completing the App base then their can be some interesting development.
28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Agree, but it will happen not after a few year, it will took much longer that a few year.
13. nortoja79 (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)
I like your analogy...Android is like the McDonalds of the cell industry...lots of options, all over the place, overall cheap quality. So does that make Apple the Chick-Fil-A of the cell industry? Less options, better overall quality.
19. buccob (Posts: 970; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
yes and no... in Android you can also get premium quality from certain manufacturers...
37. tedkord (Posts: 3782; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
No, it makes them the Burger King. The exact same product, and no matter how much they try to claim their burgers are superior, they are still a distant second place.
45. riggsy (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)
So who is Wendys? Cause Wendys burgers are a lot better than McDonalds or Burger King.
11. Genersis (Posts: 161; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Seems Android primarily took the Symbian share, followed by RIM then Windows Phone.
22. Immolate (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Yup, Apple has pretty much kept their share and increased overall numbers, but they don't seem as invulnerable today as they seemed two years ago. Android's strength is in its diversity. Apple's weakness is in it's lack thereof.
25. nortoja79 (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)
I disagree. If you diversify too much, that can be a weakness. Remember your talking about "better business". The only reason Android is so diversified, is because that is their business model...mass production from various fronts into the consumer market. That, however, inherit-ably brought upon Android a now very present and real weakness...fragmentation. Also, because Apple has their niche (which is so large I guess it doesn't technically qualify as a niche...but whatever, you get my point) and they know their consumer base, they are very proficient and profitable with their ventures because of that base and their loyalty...innovate or not. That's why Samsung is trying to observe them to try and learn how to be as proficient with their own base.
32. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
People have been repeating the fragmentation card so much it's become a mantra. During all these years of chanting, Android has done nothing but increase in market share. Fragmentation is not going to kill Android, probably the only thing that will is staleness if they don't continue to improve and modernize it over time, or a new OS that brings something new that people will want to have. So far neither have happened. It might one day be the case but there's no sign of it now.
31. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 169; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
When one company losses market share it has to go somewhere else, it just doesn't disappear.
15. harigrg33 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 May 2013)
I like to see apple on this blackberry place in future lol
16. harigrg33 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 May 2013)
I like to see apple on this blackberry place in future lol
21. Yes-Sir (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Very soon Apple and Wp will be joining!
Open source unites!!!!!!!!
29. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 161; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I want some of whatever you are drinking ...
42. JC557 (Posts: 677; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
After seeing what company Google is siding with in the wireless charging side of things I have a massive dislike of Google. Their Nexus phones contain a Qi compliant coil while Google is supporting the garbage that Duracell charges more for.
24. sergiobr (Posts: 269; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
If Sammy insist in Tizen ... is the next.