Believe it or not, there are more than a few markets around the world where RIM and its BlackBerry smartphones are still quite popular. Some of the world's top athletes and pop singers dig BBM and those portrait QWERTY keyboards as well. However, the struggling company is not doing as well in the U.S. as it used to. In fact, it is estimated that the U.S. BlackBerry market share now stands at about 1%, according to data provided by Chitika.
Back in September of 2011, about 5% of mobile traffic that Chitika received was from BlackBerry devices, after which followed a sharp decline bottoming at under 1% between December of last year and March of 2012. A slight rise was detected afterwards, but the overall BlackBerry traffic remained below 2% and is now hovering around the 1% mark. In comparison, the agency estimates that traffic from Apple's iPhone has increased from 46% to the impressive 64% over the very same period of time.
Nevertheless, we know that RIM is not ready to give up and is still working on its next-gen hardware and software. Several new BlackBerry 10 smartphones are coming in early 2013, and we know that their specs will be on par with today's high-end devices. Will they manage to lift the company back on its feet, however, or will they mark its last stand? We'll have to wait and see.
source: Chitika via BGR