Windows Phone to leapfrog BlackBerry in the UK this year

New research says Windows Phone is winning the battle to be the third most successful smartphone platform in the UK, as use of it continues to surge while use of BlackBerrys falls.

We all know that Android and Apple's iOS are the most popular smartphone operating systems, but what about the rest? Well, new research suggests that Windows Phone is about to leapfrog BlackBerry into third place in the UK.

Internet market researcher eMarketer has predicted that the number of people with BlackBerrys will drop by 35.2% to just 2.4 million by the end of the year.

In 2015, that fall is forecast to be even more significant, leaving just 1.4 million people using BlackBerrys in the UK.

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, in comparison, is on the up, with eMarketer predicting 3.5 million people in the UK will be using it by the end of 2015, which means it'll have 9% market share, if you care about that sort of thing.

The decline in the popularity of BlackBerrys comes as no surprise - at the start of the year, CEO John Chen announced plans to essentially abandon the consumer market to focus on phones for corporate use - the square-faced BlackBerry Passport for example.

eMarketer predicts that almost 70% of the UK population will have a smartphone by 2018. It's likely that Windows Phone will stay in third place when it comes to operating systems though - currently more than half of the smartphones used in the UK run on Android, and around a third on iOS.

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