BlackBerry will see its UK user base fall below Windows Phone this year

Saqib Shah
August 22, 2014

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems the forecast for BlackBerry has somehow managed to get worse.

The company has always had a foothold in Europe and the US but now it seems its grip on the former  is loosening.

Consequently, research group eMarketer claims that BlackBerry’s UK user base will fall below that of Windows Phone.

Only last year, BlackBerry had almost double the amount of users as Microsoft’s OS with 3.6mn in comparison to 1.9mn. By the end of this year, however, that figure will have plummeted to 2.4mn for the ailing manufacturer – whereas Windows Phone will have risen to 2.7mn.

WP’s growth may be due to the proliferation of Microsft’s platform, with Nokia devices constantly growing in number and the OS making it onto other handsets, such as the recently launched HTC One M8 with Windows Phone.

Meanwhile, Android and iOS will continue to dominate the region. Both will show signs of growth this year, with Google’s OS hitting 19.3mn users and Apple’s platform reaching 11.1mn.

Between them, Android and iPhone devices will 53% and 30.5% of the smartphone market by the end of 2015, according to eMarketer.

By then, BlackBerry’s user base will have declined even further to just 1.5mn.

All this despite the company desperately trying to turnaround its fortunes. As recently as September of last year, BlackBerry for rid of its Chief Executive Thorsten Heins and replaced him with John Chen.

Chen has focussed on BlackBerry’s core target of secure messaging for enterprise owners. The company maintains its high-profile list of users, with David Cameron recently stating that he still relies on his BlackBerry.

BlackBerry is also planning a launch of a new product; the BlackBerry Passport, a square phablet with a traditional QWERTY keyboard.


About the Author

Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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