Seems Canada’s own Research In Motion has been busy, busy, busy lately. First, RIM’s BlackBerry 6 OS received FIPS certification from the U.S. government, which means it meets the security standards required for government agencies and regulated industries.
RIM has filed suit against Kik Messenger, a small company that has built a tremendously popular chat application, claiming patent infringement stemming from Kik’s imitation of RIM’s BBM chat service. Kik uses the same “sent,” “delivered,” and “read” flags when a message is sent. Kik allows chatting across multiple smartphone platforms, including Android phones and iPhones, and is fast.
A nielsen report indicates that of the 29.7% of Americans with smartphones;
- 27.9% have iPhones
- 27.4% are BlackBerry users
- 22.7% have an Android device.
- ~22% of the market is divided amongst Windows Mobile, Symbian, Linux and Palm users.
That’s a massive shift from the beginning of the year, when BlackBerry boasted 35% of the market, the iPhone had 28%, and Windows Mobile about 19%.
The story looks even more different when people are asked what kind of smartphone they would like to own next. 30% of ‘likely’ smartphone upgraders’ reported they’d like an iPhone, while 28% said they want an Android device, and only 13% reporting that they’re interested in a BlackBerry device.
I personally prefer my Blackberry, not opting for the bells and whistles provided by other mobile platforms. My wife tells me that’s because I HAVE a BlackBerry, as she flips between FaceBook and email on her iPhone. I like the focus RIM places on function and security rather than on platform and convenience. If I want to build a spreadsheet I’ll head to one of my offices, rather than try to use a 4 inch screen. If I really need to kill time, free-poker app is fine. I don’t really need Angry Birds. I just need a cellphone, a contact manager, an emergency-use browser, and good old email access. (I rarely use BBM, guess I’m too old…) I can’t wait to see what RIM comes out with in the new year to turn these stats on their head!