The Android revolution continues to roll overseas; BlackBerry crashes worldwide

The Android revolution continues to roll overseas; BlackBerry crashes worldwide
The latest smartphone sales data for the three month period ending in May has been released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and it shows that BlackBerry is facing some very difficult times globally. At the end of May, the Canadian manufacturer saw its share of the U.S. smartphone market drop by an amazing 85% from the year earlier to just .7% of the market from a 3 month average of 4.6% the previous year. Most of BlackBerry's lost share was picked up by the Apple iPhone. More on BlackBerry later.

The Apple iPhone's stateside market share rose 3.5 percentage points over the year to end May with a three month average of 41.9%. While  Android remained on top in the U.S. with a three month average share of 52% at the end of May, its lead over the iPhone has dropped from 13.5 percentage points in 2012 to 10.1 percentage points. Kantar says that the reason for the strength in the iPhone's numbers in the U.S. is due to the addition of T-Mobile as an authorized Apple iPhone seller.


Around the world, the Android Revolution is on, especially in Europe. In countries like Italy (69.2%), Spain (92.5%!) and Germany (76.7%), Android dominates the smartphone market. In the five European countries tracked (Italy, France, Spain, U.K. and Germany), Android averaged a 70.4% market share for the three months ending in May with iOS trailing badly with a 17.8% slice of the pie.

Based on the data offered up by Kantar, BlackBerry is in big trouble globally, not just in the U.S. In the U.K., considered a friendly environment for the platform, its market share tumbled from 12.6% to 5.3% year over year. Other countries saw even heavier declines. In Spain, BlackBerry's market share plunged from 32.3% to 11.3% for a 21% drop over the year.

Sony showed some strong momentum in the U.K. thanks to the Sony Xperia Z. Kantar's data shows that 38% of Sony owners in the region came from a Samsung device, mostly the Samsung Galaxy S II. In Mexico, Windows Phone  saw its market share triple over the year to 6.6%, led by the Nokia Lumia 505 which was the fifth best selling handset in the country over the three month period that ended in May.


source: KantarWorldpanel via BGR

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65 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

This is BB's fault, they should release the BB 10 before 2013, they're too late. But nevertheless, keep it up BB!

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Better late than never :p

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Should have been never:

7. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Here comes nicolasoliver®

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

....and poopiskula, oops I mean apiskula®.

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Its bad news for Extasy® Good news for nicolasoliver

52. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Very childish son. Get off your blackberry ride its done

58. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Childish? Oh, you're describing yourself right? Oh, okay.

37. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

with iOS trailing badly with a 17.8% slice of the pie. Translation: Today Blackberry is toast, with Apple well on its way to the same fate...

44. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What? iOS' global market-share barely changed at all (if anything it actually grew, depending on the total number of smartphone users in the Americas, Australia, China, and Europe), meaning that because of the overall industry growth, iOS most likely saw sales increase over the last year. Blackberry, on the other hand, saw MASSIVE drops in market-share across most markets, some higher than a 75% drop.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He said that about apple, just so he could get green thumbs.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You know good and well apples not going the same way as blackberry. You just want green thumbs

54. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Right, except Apple is still making the lion's share of the money. Marketshare is just a number unless dollars are tied to it. Ask Google what percentage of Android devices actually function within the Google Android ecosystem (Play Store access).I bet that number is less than 50%, which means low-end, low-margin devices are fluffing numbers and not making anyone much money.

51. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Dude get over it. It is there fault the product sucks and nobody wants it. They are going out of business

63. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Timing is only part of the issue. I have a Z10 and while I like the UI it would be hard for me to tell someone to buy it unless they mainly need messaging.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I see no reason for Android not to be on top of the OS chain. But yeah, it's pretty stunning to know even the 'dead' Symbian is slightly over BB. BB looks more dead to me...

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android's openness make it like a windows PC at the palm of your hand that you call also make and receive phone call. I have no doubt its will be on top especially when more people experience those freedom and flexibility. For Apple to truly catch up they need to remove more restrictions and i do see them moving in that direction e.g allow multitasking.

3. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

sometimes i think why the hell ios is present in such an advanced era

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

They did 'grow' colorfuly, didn't they? :P As long as Apple grow on trees, iOS will exist in the chain, lol.

18. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

and a black one on your chest.XD

38. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Exactly, iOS is such an outdated and inferior in compare to almost every OS in the word..... really just shows us how brainwashed are Apple's users.....

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh stop it. As an android user explain how your not brainwashed. You're devoted to that platform and think its the only one that matters, also you attack anyone who uses ios, you're brainwashed from by camp android. That's the only difference, look how you come on this site and thrash iOS every chance you get. That's brainwashed dude lol. Also a truly brainwashed person can't tell, and won't think he/she is indeed brainwashed.

66. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Limited people don't need a different browser or just copy a file and go..... they are satisfied with the icon concept from 1990 =old people or kids I just need at least this and more and there is just ONE solution=android without losing warranty ;) And I can even choose my price level..... But SGS4 shall welcome soon! :)

39. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Don't worry as iOS becomes more popular with older people the less popular it will become.

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a pretty dumb statement, considering people age. You're stupid dude lol.

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple strength is classy product design. I bought my first mac because i like the way it look. Lately, apple been playing it safe with their design while their competition experiment on with different types bold and fancy design like HTC One and Xperia.

67. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

yes, olds and mostly kids are caught by shiny things without any purpose :)

5. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

ANDROID IS THE KING

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

ANDROID IS THE BEST® ANDROID WILL DOMINATE® ANDROID IS LIKE NO OTHERS® ANDROID IS FREEDOM® REJOICE SERENADES© FTW™

14. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

and you are bound to be proven false

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