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Apple iOS, iPad, Android: Enterprise Mobility Adoption Accelerates

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 01-27-2011 Print
Apple and Google Android power ahead in enterprise mobility adoption, according to a report by Good Technology, while Windows Mobile exits the top 10. It's important to note that the report is reflective of those enterprise customers that activated Good's enterprise mobility solutions, and do not include activations of RIM's BlackBerry OS. Even so, the increase in the number of enterprise activations for non-BlackBerry platforms -- particularly the iPad -- is striking.

The trend of personal smartphones infiltrating the workplace is being led by Apple's iOS and Google's Android smartphone platforms, according to Good Technology's second quarterly report, which details the percentage of enterprise activations for each platform that the company has seen among its customers. In 4Q 2010, the iPad "revolutionized" the enterprise mobility landscape, according to the company's research, by going from zero percent of Good's activations in March 2010 to 22 percent by the end of the year.

Good Technology is a provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility for Apple's iPhone, iPad, Google Android and other smartphone platforms. The report does not include enterprise activations of Research in Motion's BlackBerry platform.

The report found iOS devices represented more than 65 percent of net new activations from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010, while the iPad's share of overall net activations grew from 14 percent to 22 percent during the quarter, and from zero percent to 22 percent for all of 2010. Android devices stayed steady, accounting for some 30 percent of all net new activations over the period, but represented more than 40 percent of all smartphone (non-tablet) activations. The company's research also found Windows Mobile and Symbian devices dropped out of the "Top 10" activated devices in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Bolstered by the iPad, iOS remained the most-activated platform by Good's customers in the fourth quarter of 2010, with roughly twice the activations of Android for the full year. However, the report also noted that iOS and Android had "remarkably parallel" growth trajectories from October through December of 2010, and in the smartphone category Android devices represented 42 percent of all smartphones activated, while various iPhone models represented 58 percent.

For more, read the eWeek article Apple iOS, IPad, Android Platforms Lead Enterprise Mobility Adoption.


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