Watch Android eat BlackBerry's global smartphone marketshare in color

Watch Android eat BlackBerry's global smartphone marketshare in color
With BlackBerry's board already agreeing to go private for $9 a share, and with T-Mobile kicking the manufacturer out of its retail stores, it is hard to believe that just a few years ago that BlackBerry was a thriving company. Any businessman worth his pinstripes sported one of the Canadian OEM's handsets and the company name became a verb. So how did BlackBerry get to its current state?

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.

source: BusinessInsider via BGR



1. Knightmare64

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Android Riding that high tide...

6. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

10. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL. (Not Growing....Not Growing) well said

33. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 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: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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

46. zero1

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Apple fans u r going down more and more till u suck android's d**k's fans

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Haha, Android is such a beast.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A sluggish beast to be correct.

17. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

You talking about Blackberry?

27. JMartin22

Posts: 2393; Member since: Apr 30, 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.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You should really join is in 2013. 2010 is gone.

41. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 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: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Blackberry is simply paying for their negligence and complacent behaviour

7. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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: 11; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

Android will die in a few year and some news will come.

5. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

? ? ?

8. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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: 11; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

In this society, some will rise to its peak then fall, nothing is forever.

20. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 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: Sep 05, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, but it will happen not after a few year, it will took much longer that a few year.

13. nortoja79

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 21, 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: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

yes and no... in Android you can also get premium quality from certain manufacturers...

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