Apple's iPhone and iPad dominated Google's Android nearly 3 to 1 in enterprise deployments on Good Technology's data network. Bring your own device remains the hot trend.
Paced by the iPhone 4S, Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL)
iOS platform accounted for 71 percent of total activations
overall, with Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system garnering the
remaining 29 percent share, according to data collected by Good Technology from
its enterprise customers.
Good makes mobile device management
software for enterprises, helping IT administrators provision and manage
handsets and tablets based on Apple's and Google's platforms to corporate
employees. The company's customers include Walmart and Fender.
As Good itself noted, the company's
enterprise end users displayed a "clear preference for Apple" iPhones
and iPads. Indeed, Apple's total device activation share in the fourth quarter
was up from 68 percent in the third quarter
, while Android's share
fell from 32 percent in Q3.
The iPhone 4S paced smartphone growth
among enterprise customers served by Good Technology, accounting for 31 percent
of all activations for the fourth quarter, Good revealed Jan. 25
Good attributed this to employees
bringing their shiny new iPhone 4S devices into the workplace, part of the
industrywide "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend the sector is
Apple began selling its iPhone 4S, an
improvement over the iPhone 4 with a faster processor, better camera and the
Siri virtual assistant, Oct. 14 from AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon Wireless and
The handset helped power Apple to over 37 million handset sales
, Apple reported Jan. 24.
iPhone 4S wasn't the only popular
device in Good's report. The iPhone 4 made up 17.6 percent of activations,
followed by the iPad 2 with 15 percent of activations.
Apple's iPad represented 94 percent of
total tablet activations among Good's customers, with the remaining 6 percent
activations from various Android tablets, led by Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Apple
sold 15.4 million iPads in the fourth quarter. Good said 42 percent of iPads
activated on its network came in the financial services sector.
At 1.7 percent, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-based
Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile led Android
activations on Good's data network.
That phone was followed by the Motorola
(NYSE:MMI) Droid Bionic (1.5 percent), Motorola Droid 3 (1.3 percent), Sprint
EVO 4G (1.3 percent) and Motorola Droid X2 (0.8 percent).
Looking forward, Good anticipates iPad
and iPad 2 activations will slow in Q1 and Q2 as customers prepare to buy the
long-rumored iPad 3.
"If previous patterns hold, Good
also expects Android smartphone activations to increase on a relative basis in
Q1 and Q2 as the immediate impact of the iPhone 4S lessens, and as BYOD
programs increasingly become the norm among Good's customers," the company