BlackBerry more popular than iPhone 4S with online searchers
According to research by analysts Greenlight, a total of 13 million online searches were made in February for electronics goods. Kindle topped the list, with BlackBerry coming second and Apple’s iPhone 4S coming third.
While statistics like this are interesting, in reality what matters is sales, and Apple’s devices are outselling BlackBerrys. That said, the UK population, and in particular the business community, did take RIM’s machines to heart. Despite problems with the Canadian company, the report does demonstrate that UK users still want to buy a BlackBerry if given a choice.
The Greenlight report also found another interesting statistic, namely that despite not being available yet, there were 450,000 searches for the iPhone 5.
In other news, Apple Corporation has been accused of price fixing over ebooks in the USA. The company is one of a number of publishers that were accused of the anti-competitive practice by the US Federal Department of Justice. The other businesses in the dock are Harper Collins and Penguin.
However, Apple has categorically denied any involvement in price fixing. A spokesperson for the company, Natalie Kerris, said: “Just as we’ve allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.”
She added: “The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry.”