iPhone, iOS Rule the Enterprise, but Android Is Gaining: Good
Good Technologies, which supports BYOD deployments, reported that its customers activated more iPhones and Apple devices than anything else during the second quarter of this year. However, the absence of a new iPhone has given way to increased Android adoption.Mobile devices based on Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone platforms are increasingly being supported by enterprises, but its Apples products that dominate, according to a July 25 report from Good Technology. Good, which provides cross-platform support for enterprise customers, reported on its customers mobile device activations during the second quarter. Key findings from the report include:
- The Apple iPhone 4s, which during the first quarter was activated at the rate of four times any other device, leveled out during the second quarter, accounting for nearly 31 percent of activations.
- iOS activations accounted for nearly 71 percent of all activations during the second quarter, down from nearly 80 percent during the first quarter. Activations of Android phones, meanwhile, grew to 37 percent, nearly doubling its first-quarter presence.
- The Apple iPad was by far the most popular tablet, accounting for 94.5 percent of all second-quarter activations, but Android tablets still made strides during the quarter, increasing from 2.7 percent during the first quarter to 5.5 percent during the second. Driving this growth, Good found, was Samsungs Galaxy Note phablet, which features a 5.3-inch display.
- Samsung devices put in a good showing overall, with the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note being among the top 10 devices to be activated by Good customers.
- More specifically, the top devices, in descending order, were the Apple iPhone 4S (nearly 31 percent), the iPad 3 (13.5 percent), the iPhone 4 (12.5 percent), the iPad 3 (10 percent), the Samsung Galaxy S II (4.5 percent), the Motorola Droid Razr (3 percent), the iPad (2 percent), the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (nearly 1 percent) and the Galaxy Note, at about a half a percent.
- Windows Phone 7.5 devices, which Good began supporting in April, accounted for 1.2 percent of overall activations, which Good expects will increase with time, and particularly the release of Window 8 and Windows Phone 8 during the fourth quarter.
- Mobile deployments rose within government and public sector industrieswhere BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has been losing groundas well as manufacturing and wholesale and retail industries, Good found.
On the whole, the report echoes similar indicators of a market in which Apple, despite its might, is losing market share to Android devices, and Microsoft, with partners including Nokia and HTC, are fighting for a foothold from which to work to build market share.