Well, more bad news for Research In Motion. The BlackBerry maker is losing ground to Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system, according to Kantar Worldpanel report. The report is based on latest smartphone sales data, which showed a mixed performance for the upstart OS. Windows Phone numbers dipped in the United States, but gained market share in European regions.
Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, expects more adoption of Windows Phone devices in Q4 2012:
Windows is making steady progress in the big European economies and is now challenging BlackBerry for third spot in the European OS league. With the momentum Windows 8 will bring towards the end of 2012, it seems highly likely that it will achieve this before the end of the year.
This adoption of Windows Phone is due to the company’s growth in the low-end tier of smartphones. The biggest gain came from Italy, as the country topped out at a 6.6 percent increase (bringing the overall number to 10.4 percent), while France comes in second at 3.5 percent and Great Britain is third with 2.3 percent.
With RIM’s BlackBerry 10 devices slated to come out early next year, do you think it’ll be too late for the company to stay at number three globally?