CANADIAN PHONE MAKER BlackBerry's homegrown OS is officially dead, having officially claimed zero per cent of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter.
That's according to Gartner, which notes that while 207,000 BlackBerry OS smartphones were shipped during Q4, the operating system bagged 0.00 per cent of the mobile OS market given that it accounts for than half the unit volume of the "other OS" category.
While this has caused many to report that "omg BlackBerry is dead", it's perhaps worth remembering that the firm has ditched its homegrown OS in favour of Android.
We don't know how many Android phones BlackBerry managed to flog in the fourth quarter, and while reports of the firm's death have been exaggerated, it's unlikely that the firm is flourishing. When BlackBerry announced it would cease internal handset production back in September 2014, the firm admitted that it had shifted just 400,000 handsets that quarter. The firm has yet to return our request for information.
Microsoft isn't doing too well, either, with Windows Phone's share of the mobile market falling from 1.1 per cent in Q4 2015 to 0.3 per cent in 2016 with just shy of 1.1 million phones shipped during the quarter.
The smartphone market is now officially a two-horse race between iOS and Android, which claimed 17.9 and 81.7 per cent of the OS market, respectively. More specifically, it's a race between Apple and Samsung, with the duo of firms claiming 17.9 and 17.8 per cent of the global market.
This marks the first time that Apple has been in the number one spot since the fourth quarter of 2014, which Gartner is crediting to both bumper sales of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and weakened demand for Samsung smartphones, fueled by its fiery Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said: "This time it achieved it thanks to strong sales of its flagship phones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; it also benefited from the weakened demand for Samsung's smartphones in mature markets such as North America and Western Europe, and in some mature markets in Asia such as Australia and South Korea. µ
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