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It seems Research In Motion (RIM), makers of devices such as the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the Curve 9360, is further going downhill. Celestica, a Canadian OEM and one of RIM’s key manufacturers, has confirmed it will be pulling the plug on Blackberry phones.
The OEM confirmed via a press release that it would reduce production of Blackberry handsets in the next three to six months. Sadly, it did not mention why it was ending its partnership with RIM.
Speaking to Know Your Mobile, a RIM spokesperson said, “We do not normally comment on specific supplier relationships. As we outlined in our Q4 earnings call, we are making changes to our supply chain as part of wider efforts to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of RIM’s operations to help meet our strategic objectives and to deliver long-term value to our stakeholders.”
Blackberry 10 handsets are expected to arrive late this year. However, it is not clear who will be taking Celestica’s place.
Research firm IDC reckons that Android handsets will have a sudden surge in shipments this 2012. It also remains firm on its previous prediction, which it reckons Windows Phone will snatch second place in terms of OS market share by 2016.
Senior research analyst of IDC’s worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker says in the report, “The smartphone parade won’t be as lively this year as it has been in past.
“The mobile phone user transition from feature phones to smartphones will continue in a gradual but unabated fashion. Smartphone growth, however, will increasingly be driven by a triumvirate of smartphone operating systems, namely Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.”
According to IDC, 2012 will show a temporary slump in phone shipments, but by 2016, we will see 2.3 billion mobile phone shipments. Most of these shipments will be Windows Phone devices.
In the next five years, Android’s market share will stay on top, but will decrease to 52.9% from 61%. Samsung will remain the top Android manufacturer. It currently puts other manufacturers to shame with devices such as the Galaxy S3, its predecessor the S2, and the Galaxy Note.
Apple’s iOS is said to drop to 19% by 2016 from 20.5%.
By 2016, Windows Phone will enjoy a 19.2% market share. Nokia will spearhead Windows Phone’s advance.
Previously, IDC predicted that RIM would enjoy a 15% market share. This prediction has now dropped to just 5.9%.
Do you believe Android will remain strong for years to come? Give us your thoughts.
ETSI (European Telecommunications Standard Institute) has recently announced its approval of a nano SIM card design.
The chosen 4FF design is 40% smaller compared to the current micro SIM, which is used on devices such as the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Apple iPhone 4S. The new SIM is 12.3mm wide, 8.8mm tall and 0.67mm thick.
ETSI assures that the nano SIM will be “packaged and distributed in a way that is backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs”.
Previously, Motorola, Nokia, and RIM were trying to redesign their nano SIM design, which Apple would agree with. The Cupertino firm has its own nano SIM design.
According to ETSI, “The new form factor was adopted by industry with the involvement of major mobile network operators, smart card suppliers and mobile device manufacturers.”
Although a nano SIM design has been chosen, ETSI failed to announce which design it would back up. We are still unaware if it chose the design of Apple, the coalition, or an entirely new design. It did say, however, that it would publish the chosen design “in due course”.
Dying to find out if Apple’s design or if the design backed up by the coalition of Motorola, Nokia, and RIM was chosen? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.