The writing has been on the wall for a long time now, but The latest report from Gartner confirmed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, as well as BlackBerry OS, have run out of welcome.
While global smartphone sales grew nearly 4% in the first quarter of this year, Windows Phone’s market share increased from 2.5% in the first quarter of 2015 to 0.7% in the first quarter of 2016. The BlackBerry’s share halved to 0.2% during the same period.
This is hardly surprising, especially in the case of BlackBerry. The company said last October that it had no plans to schedule the release of new SDKs and APIs for its operating system, and its tiny market share likely brought developers, including Facebook and WhatsApp, to to drop support for the platform lately.
With that in mind, it seems unnecessary for developers to continue releasing and supporting apps for these two platforms.
That’s not to say that Microsoft or BlackBerry are leaving the smartphone game. Microsoft is making great strides in building Windows 10 for mobile devices and it is rumored to be working on a Surface phone for 2017, but it may no longer produce Lumia models in the future, and that’s probably a good thing.
BlackBerry believes that Android can allow it to continue to survive a little longer. CEO John Chen said last month that the company is working on two affordable Android phones. However, it will face an uphill battle in an attempt to carve out a niche in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.
For now, if you’re looking to develop for mobile platforms, you would do well to build software for Android and iOS, and consider the pros and cons of using Windows 10 Mobile early.
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