ABI Sees Big 2013 for BlackBerry 10

The BlackBerry 10 smartphones haven’t even reached consumers yet, but palpable market interest and the latest industry research shows that BlackBerry may sell as many as 20 million units of the smartphones before 2013 draws to a close.

On Friday, February 1st, ABI reported that the global installed base of smartphones will total 1.4 billion by the end of this year. The new forecasts suggest that 57% of these devices will run on Android and 21% on iOS.

Outside of the leading two operating systems, how will the world look for the two main challengers, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10?

ABI tried to answer this burning question in its newest report.

“2013 should be seen as relative success for both Microsoft and BlackBerry,” observes Senior analyst Aapo Markkanen. “For the end of the year, we expect there to be 45 million Windows Phone handsets in use, with BlackBerry 10 holding an installed base of close to 20 million. Microsoft will also have 5.5 million Windows-powered tablets to show for it.”

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