BlackBerry Sales squashed by Verizon Android growth

We’ve been keeping readers informed with all the developments in the cell phone world and recently we’ve been paying some attention to the massive rise of the Android platform. We recently posted an article comparing forecasted holiday sales of Androids vs. iPhone vs. Windows Phone 7 vs. BlackBerry, and also took a closer look at whether the trend for Androids will be reversed when Verizon finally gets its hands on the Apple iPhone.

Until now though we’ve not paid a lot of attention to just how much the growth of Verizon’s Androids has impacted upon sales of Blackberry’s at Verizon but an article by Wilson Rothman on msn.com, sourced from AllThingsD, has looked into this. Latest figures (ITG Investment Research) show that the surge in the Android market has crushed sales of BlackBerry’s and whereas the sales share of BlackBerry smartphones on Verizon peaked in 2009 at 90%, sales have now slumped to only 19% of the market.

Motorola and HTC lead the field of Verizon Android smartphones and the Android OS now accounts for 80% of smartphones sold by Verizon Wireless, with the other 1% going to the old Windows Mobile platform and Palm OS. Analst Matthew Goodman feels that the BlackBerry decline is due to “the lack of a Storm refresh, dwindling sales of the Tour/Bold series, and a failure of the new Curve 3G to yet replace diminishing sales of the Curve 8530,” but also predicts slow sales over the holiday season for smartphones at Verizon, with people anticipating the release next year of a Verizon iPhone and also LTE smartphones for the new Verizon network.

An article by Dan Gallagher on The Wall Street Journal may also interest you as it tell how BlackBerry investors are pinning their hopes on the new Playbook device. We also reported recently on how the BlackBerry Playbook OS for the new tablet device out next year, could one day make its way onto BlackBerry smartphones and it will be hugely interesting to see if that revives the sale of BlackBerry’s again. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the demise of the BlackBerry so why not send us your comments.