Based off of first week sales numbers, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 has gotten a reputation for not selling that well. Over the first month, it actually got off to an ok start, but the more recent numbers show the Torch doing even better. It was surprising to see how phenomenally well it is actually doing as a percentage of BlackBerry market share in my latest application.
Liar’s Dice was released 40 days ago, and its most popular model is the Torch, where the 9800 is selling better then either then the Bolds, Storms, or Curves. October downloads of the free Hockey Scores application, showed the 9800 only half a percent behind the leading 9700 Bold.
When you compare the Torch to BlackBerry’s other touchscreen series of Storms, its sudden take over of the market is even more impressive. Looking at downloads of version 1.1 of the free, and touchscreen only Jack-O-Lantern app, there are actually more 9800s then all of the Storm models combined. The above chart shows downloads by operating system, where OS 6.0 is above the half way point with 51.2%. The other quick take away from this is that 97.7% of all touchscreen BlackBerrys use operating system 5.0 or higher, and that developers no longer have much of a reason to worry about supporting OS 4.7.0 anymore.
So despite being dismissed three days in, the raw numbers show that the BlackBerry Torch is actually off to a faster and more dominate start then any other model in quite awhile.
I am curious what you think of this market share land grab by the BlackBerry Torch 9800?