Most of us have already assumed that Blackberry’s position at the top (in the U.S.) was coming to an end. We also assumed that Windows Phone would likely pass Blackberry at some point. International Data Group made the call earlier that Blackberry had lost its third position to Windows Phone but not everyone agreed. But now comScore has also verified that their data points to Blackberry slipping to 4th and Windows Phone pulling into the 3rd slot behind Android and iOS, albeit a distant 3rd.
The news comes just as Blackberry CEO John Chen held a meeting with President Obama at the White House in an effort to remain relevant to the United States Government. You have to admire the tenacity of the company for trying to get the water off the sinking ship. I’m not sure Blackberry is completely done so I’m not going to write them off just yet. If they play their cards right they could very well make a comeback. This all depends on what cards they hold and what play they are prepared to make. I just don’t know what the answer is that would pull them out of their current sinking stage.
Android and iOS have been making huge gains really leaving the competition struggling to gain their bearings. While iOS sales have gone flat in the U.S. I believe that Apple will emerge in 2014 with something worthy of attention. And Android will continue to grow and likely remain at the top considering the amount of devices that run the Android OS. Unless Apple starts allowing third party hardware makers to run iOS it’s going to be hard to knock Android out of the top spot. What do you think about Blackberry’s situation? Is there any hope for this company? Let us know in the comments or Google+, Twitter and Facebook.