Sales of BlackBerrys exceeded those of iPhones and handsets running Google’s Android operating system last year, new figures reveal, despite widely held perception that BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is being left behind in the OS wars.
According to data from GfK, BlackBerrys accounted for 28.2 per cent of smartphone sales through UK high street retailers over 2010. Alas, the figures for its rivals’ share of the market weren’t released, so how close they were to RIM’s figure is uncertain.
RIM also claims it racked up sales of some 500,000 BlackBerry phones in December alone, meaning that one in third of handsets sold during the pre-Christmas period was a BlackBerry messaging marvel.
News of developments comes after the high-profile release of BlackBerry OS6 last year – a more user friendly and altogether slicker operating system intended to make RIM phones more appealing to the mass market.
OS6 debuted on the Torch and is being rolled out to selected older devices on UK networks this year.
Via: Tech Radar
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