BlackBerry has been talking up its new BlackBerry
10 smartphones for months even though the devices only recently
launched. Early reports indicate the BlackBerry is doing well in the UK
and Canada with its Z10 BlackBerry 10 smartphones. We also know that the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones are destined for other countries, including the US.
However, BlackBerry recently noted that it would stop selling
smartphones in Japan. BlackBerry confirmed with All Things D this week
that it was pulling out of the Japanese market, for the time being. A
BlackBerry spokesperson said that Japan is not a major market for the
company and it has no plans to launch BlackBerry 10 devices within
BlackBerry leaving the Japanese smartphone market
isn’t that big of a surprise. All Things D reports that the company’s
market share within Japan has declined so much that it’s no longer
listed by name in the comScore smartphone market survey for Japan.