More Bad News for BlackBerry as UK Users Drops Below 1m

By Tim Maytom

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Despite efforts to regain their crown as the favoured operating system of enterprise users, BlackBerry has seen its user base plummet below 1m as more and more consumers switch to Android and iOS.

According to eMarketer‘s latest forecast of mobile phone usage in the UK, the troubled smartphone maker now has as few as 700,000 users in the UK, with that number expected to drop to just 400,000 by 2017.

Meanwhile, Android continues to dominate the market, with 21.5m users, an increase of 9.6 per cent on last year, while the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has seen Apple’s iOS rise 14 per cent on 2014’s figure to 12.3m. Even Windows Phone, while considerably smaller than the two main operating systems, has seen decent growth, increasing by 15.9 per cent year-on-year to 3.3m.

Growth has been slowing for all operating systems, and will continue to do so as smartphone penetration increases. Currently, 38.3m Brits own a smartphone, representing 58.7 per cent of the population and 73.6 per cent of all mobile phone users.

This figure has increased 9 per cent on the previous year, but like the figures for individual operating systems, this is continue to slow, …read more

Source:: Mobile App News