In Q4, 2016, BlackBerry Limited shipped only 208,000 BlackBerry OS smartphones globally. That figure combines legacy BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 OS. That amount is so insignificant that it registers on Gartner’s global operating system chart as 0%. BlackBerry Zero?
Not Quite BlackBerry Zero
Note that below the Gartner chart, we have “Other OS” amounting to a 0.1% marketshare. What platforms constitute this “Other OS”? Tizen OS and Sailfish OS are in there for sure. Gartner should just have lumped BlackBerry OS in there under “Other OS”. Afterall, the phones are selling like those others. Of course, we get the idea that Gartner’s intention was to show the exact number of BlackBerry OS phones sold.
We do know that BlackBerry OS is as good as dead, having been on life support for a while. So, it really doesn’t matter any longer to most mobile users.
BlackBerry Marches Forward With Android OS
While BlackBerry OS is as good as dead, the brand is pushing forward with smartphones that run its own customised version of Android OS. Sadly, those Android smartphones are not yet available in a lot of places around the world.
From the chart, the trajectory of Windows Phone/Mobile suggests that shortly, it will hit ground zero too. Windows has gone from 1.1% to 0.3% in a year. And then, mainstream smartphone users will be left with no choices besides the very open Android OS and and the locked down iOS. Ah. What a world.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.