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Market share on the decline

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TORONTO -- BlackBerry still had a 19 per cent share of the Canadian smartphone market as of June, but that number has been declining, says measurement company comScore.

Google's Android platform had 43 per cent of the market, Apple's iOS had 35 per cent and Microsoft's mobile operating system had two per cent, according to comScore.

"When we first started measuring mobile a couple of years back, what we saw was that at the end of the day, the BlackBerry share was close to 40 per cent," said vice-president of sales Bryan Segal at a Social Media Week event Monday.

"Definitely, share is changing. BlackBerry in Canada is still a stronghold. We measure this across the globe and this is the highest percentage of BlackBerry usage.

"I'm not a forecaster... but obviously the trend is going down."

ComScore said there are now 23 million cellphone users in Canada, with 72 per cent on a smartphone and 28 per cent still using an older so-called feature phone.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 24, 2013 B5

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