Can Mozilla, RIM, and Microsoft Drag Apple Down?
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be happy — or unhappy — to compete for the top two spots in the smartphone operating system realm, with Android and iOS easily topping other challengers like Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 or RIM’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry 10, which isn’t even released yet. But not everyone is content with the status quo of the smartphone market, and Mozilla is looking for a shake-up, with its own mobile OS coming out of left field.
Recently, Android has had a major hold on the smartphone market, with a 72.4 percent share of global sales in the third quarter last year. Numbers for the fourth quarter may be slightly weakened by a boosted showing by Microsoft with Windows Phone 8, but Android is still the frontrunner. Apple’s iOS has also been faring well, though taking a slight hit as Android’s popularity continued to rise last year.
Now Android and iOS are looking at renewed competition from RIM’s BlackBerry at the end of this month, and now they could potentially be facing a strong showing from Mozilla early this year. BlackBerry’s former status could help it steal back a chunk of the market share, and if Mozilla’s Firefox can pull off anything like Google’s Android did, Firefox OS could do major damage to Google and Apple’s market shares…