Past four years of BBOS distribution

The above chart (click to enlarge) shows the distribution of BBOS versions over the past four years.

A few thoughts…

  • OS 4.7 was very quick to disappear. While OS 4.x is almost nothing now, for the past few years it has almost entirely consisted of 85XX devices running OS 4.6.1
  • Despite the release of OS 6.0 in August 2010, OS 5.0 has refused to go away. Even today this four and a half year old OS retains a sizable percentage of the market.
  • 32 months after release, OS 7.X still accounts for (slightly) less than half of all classic BlackBerry devices
  • BlackBerry 7 devices are mainly BlackBerry 7.1 devices. Most 7.0 device users have upgraded, and last month 89% of 7.X users were running the newer operating system.

This data was collected by BlackBerry World for downloads of the free BlackBerry strategy game Pixelated. Data shown on the chart is from the beginning of April 2010 through the end of April 2014, and does not include BlackBerry 10 or PlayBook devices.