As BlackBerry maker Research in Motion strives to revitalize its dwindling brand, would a revolutionary payments innovation be the key to regaining its former glory?

According to research firm Gartner, global market share of RiM's smartphone operating system has been on a near-steady decline from 20.6% in the first quarter of 2009 to just 5.3% in 3Q12. Meanwhile, Android market share has been on a steady rise, growing from a mere 1.6% in 1Q09 to 72.4% in 3Q12. And after peaking at 23.8% in 4Q11, iOS market share has declined to 13.9% in 3Q12.

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