Falling One by One
First Nokia, now it seems it's RIM turn to be going down the economic slide. The smartphone industry seems to be having only two major contenders now: iPhone vs Android.
Back in the Internet Bubble era, smartphones were a long way from even being mentioned. For that matter, it was the Golden Age for Nokia: it had the best reception, best battery life and most people just picked it right out from the Carrier's case into use.
As soon as Internet and App based phones dominated the public's eye, Nokia started falling back. Even though it had developed the OVI platform for its phones, clearly it was no match for BlackBerry and iPhone.
The Android came along with a friendlier platform, one which granted programmers a much easier way to introduce their exclusive code into the Android Market. Features overpowered those of Blackberry and even has been stealing market share away from iPhone as reported on a small graph here on Read, Write, Web.
As you can see on the chart, RIM has been falling back enormously. After being the Lord and Savior of Business People, BlackBerry's stock value went down 60% on the course of this year as reported on All Things Digital.
However, it is also said that the company is obviously not ready to hit the showers. A Smartphone who has already been mighty still has hope according to its high management.
As far as their tablets go, well, we all know who the King is. Will iPhone and Android let this happen? Their friendly user interface may think differently.