I’ve always wondered what the BlackBerry OS version distribution was but could never find official numbers. @ASacco was able to get some numbers from one of his sources showing that 17 percent of users are still on OS versions older than 4.5. Here are the details:
Roughly 41 million people across the globe are currently BlackBerry users, according to RIM’s Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, who recently spoke at the company’s annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) in Orlando, Fla.
Of those 41 million users, about 20 percent, or 8.2 million users are running some iteration of RIM’s latest available BlackBerry OS, v5.0, according to the data. BlackBerry OS v5.0 currently ships with, or is officially available for, most of RIM’s new smartphones, including the BlackBerry Curve 85xx and 8900 devices, all four BlackBerry Storm 95xx models, the Tour 9630 and the Bold 9000 and 9700 smartphones.
However, just because BlackBerry OS 5.0 is available, that doesn’t mean all users have upgraded. For example, about three percent of BlackBerry users, or more than a million users, are still running OS v4.7 on their BlackBerry Storm 9500/9530 devices. And more than 1.6 million BlackBerry Tour users, roughly 4 percent of all BlackBerry users, are still running OS 4.7.1, according to the data.
This isn’t really surprising since I run into many people who don’t even know upgrades are available for the BlackBerry OS. If you’re a regular visitor of BBRocks.com then you’ll know that there are always upgrades available, even if they’re not from your own carrier. Do you know anyone that’s using an “antiquated” version?
To find out if you have the latest BlackBerry OS version for your device be sure to check out our very own BlackBerry OS page.