With as many concerns as our members (and staff) have regarding the current "State Of The BlackBerry", it's good to see signs of improvement. Gartner
has released the latest "breakdown of OS Marketshare" which shows RIM with a 3.3 point gain (up to nearly 20%). Symbian obviously continues to be the market leader with 47% of the Mobile OS market in its corner. However, the Symbian OS is archaic at best when compared to the features offered among newer BlackBerry, Android, and even Windows Mobile devices. Apple continues their climb up the charts claiming 14% of the pie.
The real question is will RIM continue to gain market share over the aging Symbian OS, or will Apple soon overtake them both? One thing to keep in mind is that carriers are going to begin putting numerous constraints on device manufacturers regarding their use of bandwidth. According to recent reports, it takes more than four BlackBerry's to exceed the bandwidth use of merely one iPhone. This has nothing to do with the device's inherent capabilities. It has everything to do with the way RIM handles data. Even the new WebKit browser is being touted as more efficient than Apple's mobile browser.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel RIM will continue to grow? Is Apple just too strong? Let us know!