The Nigerian smartphone market was owned by BlackBerry by a large margin – about 50% at some point. Perhaps the embattled Canadian brand still owns it, even if only a much smaller margin. With all the news of BlackBerry’s struggles and of low-end Android smartphones flooding the market, it might surprise you to find that we still see more traffic from BlackBerry than from Android. Almost twice the traffic of Android.
Traffic statistics for Mobility.ng in September 2013 indicate the following slices:
1. BlackBerry 41.7%
2. Android 27.5%
3. Java Phones 20.3% (mostly Nokia’s S40?)
4. Symbian 5.7%
5. Windows Phone 4.8%
If the figures for Mobility.ng are any indicators, BlackBerry still rules – at least for mobile web browsing. Of course, it can be argued that ultra low-cost BIS plans are a factor here, but then many people are using those plans on their Android smartphones already. However one looks at it, it doesn’t look to me like Android is yet to overtake BlackBerry around here.
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.