It was supposed to end sooner, and it looks like WhatsApp is finally ending its support for legacy smartphones as we enter 2018. If you’re using a BlackBerry or Windows Phone from 3-5 years ago, your time is finally up in the next couple of days.
BlackBerry is struggling no doubt, but to be overtaken by an underdog platform is definitely surprising. Tizen, a Linux based mobile OS that supersedes Samsung’s Bada OS has finally overtaken BlackBerry as the 4th biggest smart phone platform. While we hardly see any Tizen smart phones in our market, Samsung has found significant success in the Indian market.
Ok so its pretty obvious that iMessage is an obvious rip off from RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger for BlackBerry. Both are platform exclusive, both allow you to send IMs, photos, videos, contacts and locations information. On top of that you have typing, delivered, received and read notifications as well. So in terms of features, there’s very little to differentiate the two — to the general users at least.
But how to they compare? Which service delivers messages faster? Which is more intuitive? Which one is better?
Take a look at the video to find out.
It looks like even the mighty iPhone 4 can’t stop Android’s progress in winning the hearts of mobile users.
Data released by Quantcast, an online analytics firm, has revealed Android’s upward trend is continuing strongly whilst the usage of iOS for mobile browsing is continuing to decline. In the month of August Quantcast analytics showed that iOS mobile traffic has dropped 11% from the beginning on 2010 to 56% despite the launch of the iPhone 4. Meanwhile in the same time period mobile web browsing on Android has increased 17% from under 10% to 25%. Mobile web browsing on BlackBerry has remained roughly stagnant in the same period.
Interestingly, Android is the only OS that’s seeing growth in usage for 2010, raking in near 19% growth whilst iOS dropped 11.4% and BlackBerry OS usage declined 1.6%.
Do note that the data is representative of mobile browser usage in the US and that for iOS only iPhones and iPods are tracked. Quantcast doesn’t consider iPads as a mobile device. You can get the full details on the methodology used by Quantcast here.
A study by Nielsen revealed that close to 60% of current BlackBerry users would purchase a smartphone running another mobile OS to replace their current BlackBerry device. Specifically, 29% would get an iPhone and 21% would get an Android device.
If this is any indication of what the market sentiment really is then BlackBerry is in a really deep pile of proverbial poo.
RIM will be launching a new device early tomorrow morning and along with it the much previewed BlackBerry OS 6. From what we’ve seen RIM had better have something substantially substantial up their sleeves to win back consumer confidence or risk going the way of Palm and WebOS.