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According to figures from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Microsoft’s Windows Phone (OS running on handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 925) has overtaken Blackberry. However, Android (OS running on handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4) and iOS (OS running the Apple iPhone 5) are still the dominant operating systems in the smartphone market for Q1 2013.
Android dominates the smartphone market, followed by iOS. Windows Phone is now at third place, with Blackberry at fourth.
Research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team, Ramon Llamas, said, “Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape. Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives. Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.”
Senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Kevin Restivo, said, “Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alterative to Android or iOS.”
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Aside from the Blackberry Q10 and Z10, the Canadian phone maker has now unveiled the Q5. It has also revealed the new smartphone’s specs and features.
On the official Blackberry blog, Blackberry talks about “the evolution of the classic BlackBerry Keyboard.”
It says, “The BlackBerry Q5 features a classic BlackBerry Keyboard with discrete keys that has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to help you type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus with Instant Action shortcuts you can type to perform tasks faster. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds – a classic QWERTY keyboard for optimized communications and a 3.1” touchscreen for all the rest.”
The Q5 allows users to “create the perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker.”
It says, “Create the picture perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry Story Maker.”
The handset allows users to “share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share.”
It says, “Instantly switch your BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. You can even share your screen, whether it’s a photo, a page in the browser, an idea, or a view from your camera.”
Another feature will allow users to “stay close to what’s important to you with BlackBerry Hub.”
It says, “With BlackBerry Hub, all of your messages and social conversations are only one swipe away. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations.”
Lastly, it says “BlackBerry World delivers a rich, thriving app and content ecosystem.”
It adds, “Discovering and sharing great apps and content is easier than ever with recommendations based on similar purchases, and access to more than 100,000 apps on the BlackBerry World storefront.”
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The UK government is one of Blackberry’s biggest clients, which is why the Canadian phone maker suffered a huge blow when CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) allegedly did not give Blackberry 10 (BB10) a secure clearance rating, saying that the software is “not secure enough for essential work”. This meant that the Z10 was not fit to be used by people in higher places.
Initially Blackberry said, “We are continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of BlackBerry 10 and we’re confident that BlackBerry 10 will only strengthen our position as the mobile solution of choice for the UK government.”
Blackberry responded in statement saying, “Media reports alleging that BlackBerry 10 has been ‘rejected’ for U.K. government use are both false and misleading. BlackBerry has a long-established relationship with CESG and we remain the only mobile solution approved for use at ‘Restricted’ when configured in accordance with CESG guidelines.
“This level of approval only comes following a process which is rigorous and absolutely necessary given the highly confidential nature of the communications being transmitted. The current re-structuring of this approval process, due to the Government Protective Marking Scheme review and the new CESG Commercial Product Assurance scheme has an impact on the timeline for BlackBerry 10 to receive a similar level of approval.
“The U.S. government’s FIPS 140-2 certification of BlackBerry 10 and the selection of BlackBerry 10 by the German Procurement Office and Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) underline how our new platform continues to set the standard for government communications.”
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