BlackBerry admits iOS, Android are contributing to its global demise

Things haven’t been going well for BlackBerry for a long time now, but in recent weeks the future has begun to look particularly grim for the smartphone maker.

And thanks to the company’s latest regulative declaring, submitted Oct. 1, we’ve glaring evidence BlackBerry is in difficulty on a worldwide scale.

In the filing, the business previously known as RIM estimates that BlackBerry system sales direct to consumers (this doesn’t consist of handsets shipped to carriers) were approximately 5.9 million – a far cry from the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C’s record setting 9 million sales in just three days.

Adding the ailing dinosaur joke to injury, of the 5.9 million phones offered last quarter, 4.2 million ran the old BlackBerry 7 operating system. It’s actually not a surprise as BlackBerry is still sitting on a huge cache of Z10 running the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

A BlackBerry rolling down a hill

Piling on the pain, BlackBerry is faltering not just in North America but in regions where it as soon as flourished.

“The intense competition influencing the company’s financial and functional results that previously influenced need in the United States market is now being experienced worldwide, consisting of in worldwide markets where the business has traditionally seasoned quick growth, ” BlackBerry composed in the declaring.

The company criticizes the emerging market of lower end Android-based devices pressing BB7 gadgets from the spotlight. Meanwhile its higher-end devices fail to provide the same range of apps as on iOS and Android – which are paradoxically still missing out on the long delayed BBM app.

BlackBerry’s one conserving grace, its international messaging service, also took a hit, minimizing the profits the service draws in by $269 million (about ₤ 182m/AU$315m) to $724 million (about ₤ 446m/AU$771m).

The only beacon of hope on Blackberry’s horizon is a tentative offer to sell itself to the Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings. But like many things about BlackBerry, this announcement came recently with a depressing caution that it would likewise layoff 4,500 workers, or about 40 % of its labor force.

BlackBerry declined comment on our report.