Research firm GfK has just released their data for 2011 and its looking good for RIM. According to their research RIM “continues to dominate the market, grabbing 26.3% of December sales and averaging 27.7% through 2011” for the second year in a row. They also found that RIM added 8.5 million BlackBerry subscribers in the UK alone in 2011. Some are saying this contradicts data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech which said that BlackBerry had 22.5 of the UK smartphone sales in November while Android had 49.9% and iOS had 18.5%. This has lead some to suggest that GfK is breaking down each Android manufacturor (Samsung, HTC, etc) into a different brand which makes sense.
Still this is great news for RIM who is being hammered in the press as losing smartphone share hand and fist. Still it points to the fact that BlackBerry 10 cannot come soon enough so hopefully RIM is firing on all pistons to get it out the door!