Android and Apple keep booming while Blackberry loses 1m Users

BlackBerry manufacturer RIM suffered a loss of more than 1 million users in the US from March to May, but Google's Android platform fastened its lead as the most-utilized smartphone platform available and Apple earned more than 3 million users, according to new statistics from market research company comScore.

The data indicates that all platforms excluding Android and Apple lost users as well as share in this three-month period. The data also hints that the Microsoft platform – chiefly the maturing Windows Mobile – lost 860,000 users. Palm, which last developed a phone almost two years ago, devolved from 1.93 million to 1.84 million users, according to the data.

A RIM employee who obviously seems to be in a senior position picked apart the company's lack of direction.

"I desperately want RIM to regain its position as a successful industry leader. Our carriers, distributors, alliance partners, enterprise customers, and our loyal end users all want the same thing … for BlackBerry to once again be leading the pack," the executive wrote.

The RIM executive proposes that:

“Let's obsess about what is best for the end user. We often make product decisions based on strategic alignment, partner requests or even legal advice – the end user doesn't care. We simply have to admit that Apple is nailing this and it is one of the reasons they have people lining up overnight at stores around the world, and products sold out for months. These people aren't hypnotized zombies, they simply love beautifully designed products that are user centric and work how they are supposed to work. Android has a major weakness – it will always lack the simplicity and elegance that comes with end-to-end device software, middleware and hardware control. We really have a great opportunity to build something new and "uniquely BlackBerry" with the QNX platform.”

One of the employees of RIM stated a key complain that a minor core of 200-300 employees have to guarantee that the core services – RIM's servers for email and messaging – work day-and-night, a procedure "made worse by poor management decisions we deal with every day". RIM has not yet answered to these set of letters.

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