Analyst Gartner projects that Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s BlackBerry 10 (BB10) will hold less than 5% of the overall worldwide smartphone market through 2016. The firm sees the Canadian smartphone maker having an “extremely difficult” time taking on the current options of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s iOS, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)‘s Android, and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s Windows Phone 8.
As BB10 devices become available in the U.S. this week, Gartner analysts said enterprises must determine user demand, address bring-your-own-device (BYOD) support, forecast the health of the Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) business, and decide whether to upgrade the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES).
3 Things Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Must Do
Gartner has identified three key impacts and recommendations for organizations to consider before adopting BB10:
1. Firstly, enterprises should try out BlackBerry 10 and familiarize themselves with the fledgling platform before deciding to adopt. The firm acknowledged that it will be a “daunting” challenge for Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) to excite users about its new platform.
2. Second, businesses are advised to wait and watch how BlackBerry 10 plays out in the consumer market, which will likely determine the long-term viability of the platform.
3. Finally, Gartner noted that Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has not opened its management application programming interface to support popular master data management tools. Currently, the only option for BlackBerry 10 devices is BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Gartner recommends that BlackBerry work to support alternative MDM tools. That would provide both Microsoft’s Exchange Active Sync and the MDM camps with an easier path to support BB10 devices, even if it is only through a BYOD program.
BlackBerry CEO Criticized Apple
In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) CEO Thorsten Heins said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone is not the state-of-the-art smartphone it once was. In fact, it’s starting to look a little dusty: “The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about, is now five years old.”
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has a challenging task ahead of itself as the company tries to reverse its declining fortunes in the smartphone market. It appears that while Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is struggling for market share, focused on executing its turnaround plan, it’s not above raising it to talk smack about its rivals.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS Leading in Enterprise Market
Apple’s iOS is consolidating its grip on the enterprise market and taking share from Android, according to customer data from enterprise file sharing and hybrid cloud storage company Egnyte, reports TechCrunch.
The data, shared directly with TechCrunch, covers 100,000 of Egnyte’s paying customers over the last year-and-a-half, tracking which OS they are using to access its services on mobile devices and also splitting out iPhone and iPad use. The numbers look strong for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with the iPhone especially growing its proportion of users since the second half of 2011 to-date — perhaps helped by the halo effect of iPads arriving in the enterprise and persuading business folks to trade their BlackBerrys for iPhones. Egnyte’s data doesn’t specifically refer to BlackBerrys, but it does show Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) taking share away from Android.