BlackBerry for the proud 5 percenters
Research In Motion's last shot at relevance comes in January when the company releases the first two devices designed for BlackBerry 10, RIM's touch-centric smartphone OS overhaul.
But with Android and iOS atop the smartphone market, and Microsoft pushing hard with Windows Phone 8, the cards are stacked against a RIM rebound. BlackBerry's share of the U.S. smartphone market has dropped from 35.8 percent in October 2010 to just 7.8 percent in 2012, according to metrics firm ComScore.
By the end of 2013, BlackBerry devices will hold a scant 5 percent piece of the U.S. market, we predict. Diehard CrackBerry users will keep RIM alive, declaring BlackBerry to be the best mobile OS and hardware.