Report: Tizen tops BlackBerry in Q3 to become the fourth largest mobile OS

Report: Tizen tops BlackBerry in Q3 to become the fourth largest mobile OS
Put away your books and clear your desk, it's time for a pop quiz. Can you name the four largest smartphone operating systems in order during the third quarter? Pencils down. Android is first, with iOS second and Windows Phone third. So which platform did you put in fourth place? If you wrote  BlackBerry, you are...wrong. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung's home grown Tizen OS surpassed BlackBerry OS during the three months from July through September.

Samsung originally developed Tizen during a time period when it was going through a Cold War with Google. At the heart of the issue was Sammy's contention that it was responsible for the success of Android. There was even talk that Samsung was going to stop producing Android phones. That, of course, never happened.

While BlackBerry is about to launch its first Android powered phone tomorrow, with the BlackBerry Priv, it is still supporting BlackBerry 10 for the time being. But as BlackBerry OS usage continues to decline, it will become more apparent that the company's long-term future rests with Google's open source OS.

According to the Strategy Analytics website, during the third quarter Android had a small gain in marketshare year-ovr-year. Apple's iOS had a good quarter as sales of the larger-screened iPhones continued to thrive. Windows Phone, FirefoxOS and BlackBerry each had declines in marketshare, while Tizen blossomed.

Tizen now ranks second in India, where it is employed on budget handsets. Globally, Tizen is powering the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, and some of Samsung's televisions. In order to get developers to write for Tizen, Samsung is giving them 100% of app revenue. It is expected to be used in 11 European countries this year. Will the third quarter turn out to be a fluke, or is this really the beginning of the rise of Tizen?

source: StrategyAnalytics via SamMobile



1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Wow wow wow

10. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Samsung slowly developed its Soc, camera sensors, displays and look where it has reached ;a top notch level even other oems salivating for them.. Tizen is slowly being developed and there come a time when Google will be achely surprised as did Qualcomm with Soc.. When Samsung fully adopts its OS and that time.. Samsung shall turn to be a fully fledged own in-house mobile producer and a technological power house.. Imagine all the current Sammys tech plus the patented tech with top notch camera, displays, socs and their own OS...

15. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol you must really like Samsung I take it.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I thought the proper response would have been HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Next step: Sammy skips android and makes Samsung Tizen exclusive. Now srsly, I think that 99% of the user's have no idea that they are using tizen instead of android.

43. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

No need Samsung to skip Android. It's enough to make Tizen version of the S and Note. And sell globally even in not so big number. Then everyone will see how better runs TW on Tizen , and all the great features. So far Tizen was only on low end devices an only on small market. About the ppl not knowing if its Tizen you are wring. All Samsung and many Google apps are ported to Tizen.....and it will come much more then.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

To be taken over by Tizen, I think BB don't have that much of consumers using it any longer. Tizen just started, and to take over like that seems too easy.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

They don't. BlackBerry's market share (with BB10) in the consumer space is less than one percent.

4. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I think around 2017-8 Samsung will reboot and announce the new Samsung Galaxy, under tizen.

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Nope. First of all android owns more than 80% of world market share. Together with iOS its the only two platforms 99% of developers that care. For a developer to care for tizen it would have to climb to lets say 10% of world market share which would be impossible when it offers nothing more or better than android. Not only that its a Samsung/Intel OS that no one else uses. So nope not happening any time soon. Its always going to be a samsungs OS for cheap phones where people dont care what OS it runs.

18. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Having used both the Z1 and Z3, let me tell you that it's very promising indeed. It's very light on the processor and battery and the OS runs smooth even with entry level hardware. Not to mention that it is open source and supports web apps (HTML 5/ javascript) as well as native C apps. All in all with developers support, it can turn into a very efficient OS. The open nature of android combined with the performance of iOS.

42. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Hey man, you are using the Z3? As a owner of Z1, I am quite disappointed that they didn't support the Chinese Keyboard. Does the Z3 support it? Cause I really need the Chinese Keyboard for my daily use.

49. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

I haven't really checked it yet but I don't think it would. The OS was developed mainly in India with Indian users specifically in mind. t is almost like a test market with support for mainly regional languages. But after the success, there have been rumors about plans of launching in Europe. So one can only assume that language support will be expanded it in the near future. But haven't heard anything about launch in China for now.

26. Rafishant

Posts: 402; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I don't think so at all. Most of people purchased Tizen based smartphone thought this is an Android phone, like the rest of Samsung's phones. The low price was the real enticing factor here. 90% of users are not familiar with the tech behind their phones. That's why BB10 failed, because people thought all BB10 phones were run by BBOS. The BlackBerry brand just destroyed by BBOS unlimited problems, despite the huge efforts that BlackBerry put on BB10. Also, I'm afraid of Priv failure for the same reason. Many many friends knew that I pre-ordered Priv, but they told me "are you gonna really use BlackBerry? No apps". I told them it runs Android but they kept behaving suspicion and said " whatever! It is still BlackBerry, and it won't be like the real Android" All in all guys, the predominant majority of people don't check PA or any tech site.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is sort of a non-factor, considering that BlackBerry has thrown its lot in with Googles Android and has relegated BB10 to "maintenance mode" with it possibly being discontinued long-term (unfortunately). What will be interesting to see over the coming months is what Samsung actually does with Tizen now that it has #4 status. Will they make a big push with Tizen to expand its presence and make it gain even more market share in the near future?

16. FReDcc

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

In few years Blackberry would be the new King in Android market,while Samsung ditching android for more optimized TizenOS in their flagships. Meanwhile Apple and Microsoft will continue improving their OS's by pushing more frequent updates. GAME ON !!!

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't see Blackberry becoming the king in anything. They may be able to keep a niche following over failures like HTC, but unless they offer a compelling package at a more reasonable price compared to something like the Nexus lineup, I don't see them becoming king.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

They're already the king if enterprise, so there is that. And the auto-infotainment industry through QNX.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ok fair point. To be specific, they are kings "of" enterprise and for right now, the auto industry via QNX. But here we are talking about the smartphone segment.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

You mentioned BlackBerry "not becoming the king of anything." I brought up the fact that BlackBerry is already the king in two different industries. And to be specific, there should be a comma after "Ok", and they're the kings of the "auto-INFOTAINMENT" industry. And I'm talking about every industry that BlackBerry participates in.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol wow, I didn't think Tizen would top Blackberry. To be quite honest, given Samsung's history with devices and how they slow down over time, I'd rather use Blackberry over Tizen. Of course there's some exception to the matter like the Note 4.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If they're going to count smartwatches and televisions, then they need to count QNX on virtually every German car being sold today. How many LG TVs are out there? Does that mean webOS is still a widely used OS? No. Keep it apples to apples (no pun intended whatsoever) and count handsets only.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good point.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. +1.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not to mention BlackBerry's BES software, which allows it to dominate enterprise.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 have a point. I dont know how to take this news.

34. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

They took advantage of poor people's ignorance. If they only rely on that in the long run more likely it will hit the app store roadblock IMO. If they can gather a really large user base rapidly it can have a better chance to attracting app developers. Without a proper app store it will be another handicapped OS which needs serious encouraging people to get a handset with it.

46. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Really? the poor people constitute majority of user. For any new technology, you have to start from bottom chain. Hope you have some idea about business.

53. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

We have a fact that a new mobile OS can't make a room for itself without proper app store. Eventually people will realize that it's different and they have a good reason to not buy it unless Samsung give it a push until it became relevant. What you said about new technologies is utter BS. I can make a long list of new technologies started from exact opposite of bottom.

36. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

No one makes money with BlackBerry™

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