Matthew Goodman, analyst with ITG Investment Research, shared some “doom and gloom” regarding the BlackBerry’s future with Verizon Wireless and the unlikelihood that the smartphone will return to its previous glory as the carrier’s best selling device. The data Goodman obtained from independent wireless retailers contrasts with RIM’s second quarter results showing impressive growth in BlackBerry sales and new subscriptions. Second quarter highlights for RIM’s fiscal 2011 included:Revenue growth of 31% year over year45% growth in BlackBerry smartphone shipments compared to the same quarter last yearBlackBerry subscriptions up approximately 56% year over yearNow compare that to what Goodman is seeing. According to his data, BlackBerry sales during the third quarter at Verizon Wireless were down 45% from the same quarter last year. He predicts the fourth quarter to be even more of a blood bath with sales expected to be down 49%. The reason for the BlackBerry’s declining numbers can be squarely pointed at Google’s Android and Verizon’s flagship Droid smartphone.AdChoices广告If Verizon Wireless was previously engaged to the BlackBerry, than Android was the good looking mistress the carrier left the BlackBerry at the altar for. No doubt a result of Verizon’s aggressive marketing campaign around the mobile OS and Droid smartphones, Goodman found that 80% of the devices sold in November were Android devices, with 46% of those being Droids. If those numbers are solid that’s quite a fall from grace for BlackBerry smartphones which were the carrier’s best selling device in December 2008.Unfortunately for RIM, things won’t get much better if rumors become reality and Verizon Wireless begins to carry Apple’s iPhone. At that point the BlackBerry will face a two-front war when it is already losing against Android devices alone.Read more at All Things Digital and Research In Motion (PDF)Brian’s OpinionI remember a time when Verizon Wireless was all too happy to run commercials and print ads on the latest BlackBerry smartphone. Those days are long gone as it is very clear that the carrier has fully embraced the Android OS as its future. That’s further demonstrated by the Droid brand it owns and its work around that brand to make it recognized as a Verizon Wireless Android smartphone regardless of the phone’s manufacturer. Some could say that perhaps Goodman or RIM is just paranoid and Verizon Wireless’ apparent abandonment of the BlackBerry is derived simply due to the lack of marketing the carrier does for the device these days.Unfortunately, the wound for the BlackBerry goes deeper than just a lack of marketing love. According to reports, there’s an overall lack of confidence with the smartphone as demonstrated by the carrier’s belief that the new BlackBerry 6 OS won’t have a material impact on BlackBerry sales. Ouch.With all that said, you can’t help but look back at RIM’s second quarter results and wonder. If the manufacturer isn’t getting growth from Verizon Wireless where is it coming from? Rather than all “doom and gloom” I would point out a bright spot for RIM in the fact that even in the shadow of losing significant ground to Android, with the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. the company still racked up a 46% increase in BlackBerry smartphone shipments year over year. The message that sends to me is that RIM clearly doesn’t have all its eggs in one basket which allows the company to not only remain resilient, but thrive in an environment of increasing competition.