For the first time, BlackBerry OS has overtaken Apple’s iOS for mobile internet usage, at least in the domestic U.S. market. The image above illustrates November 2010 performance between the major mobile browsers, where BlackBerry OS range in a 34.3% market share, overtaking’s Apple’s iOS which recorded a 33% share. The big picture as to how this happened? Two words, BIG RED. In my eyes Verizon having the better unlimited data plan is what allows for users to be liberal with their data usage. With the iPhone coming to Big Red early next year, I suspect the tide will change in favor of the iPhone once more.
While BlackBerry is seemingly growing more in the domestic market, perhaps with the help of the new webkit browser found in OS 6.0, that lead is not replicated in terms of worldwide share according to the data. Globally, the Symbian OS leads with 31.9% followed by iOS (21.9%), BlackBerry OS (19.3%) and Android (11.6%). Symbian-powered devices are immensely popular across the globe, comprising a 47.2% share of the smart mobile devices shipped in 2009.
It is interesting to note that the Android OS has almost tripled from its 8.2% in November 2009 to 23.8% this year. It is going to be interesting to see if BlackBerry can stay on top and if future QNX equipped devices will play a role in gaining more market share within the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.