UK publication ComputerWeekly reports that the UK Government may be ready to drive another nail into RIMâ€™s coffin, with the government set to open up the market to other smartphones for government work.
Currently, Blackberry is the only smartphone device with impact level 3 (IL3) accreditation for information deemed sensitive to the working of government. However, under the new Government Protective Marking System (GPMS) the IL1-IL3 categories will be loosely classified together as Tier 1 (T1), which is intended to open the government market to a greater number of smartphone providers.
Security would then be mediated by the use of third-party clients which run on the platforms, like Goodâ€™s solution running on Windows Phone for example.
Blackberry still has a stronghold in UK where according to Kantar WorldPanel bizarrely it still has a 10.9% market share, the highest in Europe, though this is still down from 21.6% a year earlier. Worldwide the company has 5.2% market share, more than 50% down from a year earlier.