BlackBerry OS smartphones – Their death is near

The latest figures from NetMarketShare show that Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is the most popular version of the Google mobile OS.

January 2017 figures reveal that Android 5.1 and Android 4.4 come in second and third respectively in the Android rankings, with Android 5.0 in fourth.

Collectively, Android dominated the mobile OS landscape – claiming just under 64% of the market share.

iOS came in second, on just over 32%, while Windows Phone took third – at 1.48%.

Mobile OS market share

  • Android – 63.99%
  • iOS – 32.03%
  • Windows Phone – 1.48%
  • Java ME – 1.14%
  • Symbian – 0.84%
  • BlackBerry OS – 0.49%

BlackBerry OS falling hard

Languishing near the bottom was BlackBerry OS, with 0.49% mobile OS market share.

This comes after Gartner estimated that smartphone sales by operating system for Q4 2016 saw BlackBerry OS drop to 0.0% global market share (207,000 units).

BlackBerry still releases new smartphones, but the latest units run the Android operating system – such as the DTEK50 and DTEK60.

The table below details mobile OS market share by version, according to NetMarketShare.

Mobile OS Market Share – January 2017
OS Market Share
iPhone (iOS) 22.84%
Android 6.0 22.19%
Android 5.1 13.31%
Android 4.4 11.82%
iPad (iOS) 9.12%
Android 5.0 6.42%
Android 3.40%
Android 4.2 2.50%
Android 4.1 1.63%
Java ME 1.17%
Notable Inclusions
Windows Phone 8.1 0.85%
Android 7.0 0.52%
BlackBerry OS 0.49%

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