A Look At Android vs iOS Enterprise Activations


A new report by Good Technology has come out to put the spotlight on smartphone market share in the enterprise sector. The study excludes RIM’s BlackBerry enterprise phone since they already trump both Android and iOS by a landslide.

When it’s just Android vs iOS, though, the battle is as close as the overall smartphone war, but iOS is making a strong case to be the platform of choice for business users. Android smartphones account for nearly the same 40% market share that they did a few months ago.

iOS made a comeback, though, thanks to the growing popularity of tablets. The iPad – seen as the only major player in that market right now – helped iOS account for nearly 57% of the business sector when combined with the iPhone 4. (Remember, this is all assuming RIM doesn’t exist.)

A look at the chart mirrors what usually goes on inh the consumer side of the market: Android’s success is driven by choice of manufacturer, phone type, and carrier, while iOS is driven by popularity alone. (And Windows Mobile and Symbian remain a non-factor.)

It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers look once some of the best Android tablets we’ve seen start to go on sale. I don’t expect much noise to be made right away, but things could quickly change with time. [via Venture Beat]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Given that iPhone 3G figures are included it seems to me that this is including the activation that takes place when you restore/factory reset your device.

  2. After switching from iphone 3g to Samsung galaxy S, i have mainly missed the better email client with iphone and the consistent cut-copy-paste features in ios.
    Android has done a poor job with enterprise apps/integration and this will be the reason i get an ipad2 and not a xoom (also the cool educational and business apps for ipad).

  3. “The study excludes RIM’s BlackBerry enterprise phone since they already trump both Android and iOS by a landslide.”

    ACTUALLY it’s because of RIM’s own servers which don’t allow us to collect precise data on them.

    iOS is doing way better than RIM right now, android probably is too!

  4. well android: no proxy on wifi support, no proxy with market, no client certificates, impossible to add root ca certificates.

    not looking good with enterprise.

  5. @Kurt

    I wouldn’t be quick to dismiss the Xoom so quickly. On the surface, it seems Android has made some major strides in the enterprise area with Honeycomb.

    Yes, it has yet to be seen in a real-world environment, but so far it looks promising.

  6. that’s almost in line with what my employer looks like….

    out of 230 devices we have
    30 Blackberries (was 300 this time last year, but not paying for blacberries and letting people use their own data plans is a cost savings)

    140 iphones, from the 3g to the 4
    20 android devices, with eclair as a bare minimum
    10 wm phones (wm 5, 6, 6.5 and 7)

  7. the other devices are misc (test devices, tablets of all kinds, etc)

  8. It’s sad, but the company I work at doesn’t support Android at all when it comes to enterprise.

  9. I kind of blame Android. I mean the default on most Android phones is to send all data to the cloud and most companies can’t have that. Plus their SSL handling is still garbage. Honestly if I was in charge of IT at any fortune 500 company, I would have a hard time adopting Android.

  10. Android will not be allowed in the company I work for (Fortune 25) until it supports data encryption at rest at the OS level. Looks like Honeycomb might actually support it. Lack of proxy support limits its wifi usefulness when at work. Bottom line: over 100k employees here and Android is forbidden while iOS and Blackberry are supported. Same issue at other large companies.

  11. It’s also hard to get a feel for the actual overall usage on that graph, since the Android bars are all spread out among a bunch of devices while the other bars are grouped tightly with just a handful of devices. The Android bars also only cover the top (relatively) few devices, while Android as a whole has a pretty long tail.

  12. Not sure if anyone here is familiar with Good Technologies. As a current BES Admin (RIM) I will be installing a Good server in parallel in the next week. The Good server provides very similar security to BES and it will allow my users (and ME) to get a descent phone.

  13. Atrix… That’s all I gotta say.

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