ANDROID ROM MAKER Cyanogen has more users than BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, Microsoft's defunct-since-2005 operating system, combined.
Cyanogen's Adnan Begovic said at the Seattle Code Rush event over the weekend that the company's modified version of Android has 50 million users globally, giving it a larger share of the smartphone market than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined.
This figure includes those who install its Android ROM on rooted devices and people who use Cyanogen OS-powered devices such as the OnePlus One.
However, Cyanogen's boastful claim perhaps isn't quite as impressive as it first seems. It's worth noting that the firm is referring to Windows Mobile, an operating system Microsoft canned in 2005, rather than Windows Phone.
Cyanogen said that it's on its way to becoming the third largest smartphone platform behind iOS and Android, but it might struggle to topple Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.
Figures from analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech last week showed that Windows Phone grew its UK market share to 11.3 percent of smartphone sales in the second quarter, up from 9.6 percent the previous year.
Still, while Cyanogen might struggle to take the number three spot any time soon, the firm is not likely to be too miffed. Microsoft and Cyanogen joined forces earlier this year with the goal of lessening Google's dominance of the market.
Kantar's figures also show that, in a weird twist of fate, BlackBerry saw its share of the market increase, albeit marginally, claiming 1.2 percent of sales in Q2 2015 compared with 1.1 percent the previous year.
Android continued to dominate in the second quarter, claiming 53.2 percent of smartphone sales, although this is down from 60.2 percent this time last year. This was largely owing to the growing popularity of the iPhone, which has 34.1 percent of the UK smartphone market, up from 28.5 percent this time last year. µ
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