Plus, users do much more with iPhones and Android smartphones than they can do with a BlackBerry, whose applications are limited and awkward. And only a few recent BlackBerry models have capable Web browsers.
Users are voting with their, er, hands. ComScore, for example, reports that in the August, RIM's share of new smartphone sales dropped 5 percent to 19.7 percent, whereas Android sales rose 5.6 percent to 43.7 percent and Apple's share rose 0.7 percent to 27.3 percent. Those figures are for all users, but it's no surprise that business users are following suit. The only difference is that business users are favoring iOS devices over Android, due to iOS's better security. In fact, stats on devices in use by enterprise customers -- those who manage users' devices -- show that iPhones are used about twice as often in the workplace as Android devices, mobile device management vendor Good Technology has reported.
Regardless, it's clear that both overall and in enterprise use, the BlackBerry is on its way to becoming the Windows NT or DOS of its market: a once-dominant platform that has been replaced by more modern technology users prefer.
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