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iPads surging in enterprise, Android not gaining ground

updated 08:15 am EST, Wed January 26, 2011

Good Tech sees iPad up, Symbian and Windows out

Good Technology in a new study (PDF) showed the iPad quickly becoming one of the most popular devices activated in the enterprise outside of the BlackBerry. Apple's tablet shot up from 14 percent in October to about 22 percent in December, putting it only just behind the iPhone 4 as the most popular. The rise was helped by a surge in interest from banks, whose interest spiked up to 40 percent.

Along with fellow core drivers health care and law, the interest was primarily motivated by security, where Good argued its platform combined with the iPad helped land deals.

The surge helped keep Android from gaining any ground. iOS as a whole marked almost 70 percent of the activations tracked, a slight gain across the fall, while Android stayed flat at just over 30 percent. Google's platform was primarily diluted. Android's top devices were spread across seven models and saw the leaders, the Droid X and Droid 2, taper off. Apart from the Droid 2 Global, other Android devices like the HTC Evo 4G or Samsung's Galaxy S variants were virtually flat. Android's share included a "very long tail" of devices that had insignificant share, Good said, including tablets.

The end of 2010 also marked a symbolic end of an era at Good as both Symbian and Windows Mobile, once its main platforms, both dropped out of the top 10 device lists and were virtually non-existent as a whole. Good couldn't track Windows Phone 7 as Microsoft's new OS didn't have the programming support that Apple and Google already have. WP7 might not catch up until Mango, an update due in the summer or later.

In spite of the gap, Good noted that iOS and Android were increasingly being supported side-by-side; over 60 percent supported both, and 27 percent supported a third platform. Without the BlackBerry, its demographics also weren't a complete reflection of the business smartphone market, where RIM still has a majority stake. The study nonetheless showed that many companies not committed to the BlackBerry were turning to iOS first for work and that Android was often secondary.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IT anecdote

    In my current project we've been testing our web app on iPhones and iPads. Our clients have been screaming for iPad support and some workarounds for how it handles PDFs.

    Along comes IT and now we've been asked to support Android. Not because any client or anyone in the business has ever even mentioned it, but because all the IT people have Android instead of iPhones.

    Android is for the tinkerers and iOS is for people who want to get stuff done.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    NAILED it. Most corporate types are not engineers nor IT guys; they want something that looks good and works great, they really don't have the time nor interest to customize their phone's OS.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: IT anecdote

    Along comes IT and now we've been asked to support Android. Not because any client or anyone in the business has ever even mentioned it, but because all the IT people have Android instead of iPhones.

    So if you were the only one asking for iPhone support, and they said "No, we don't need to add that, we've got no demand for it" would you be going "They turned me down, but for good reasons" or saying "How dare they say no to making it work for the iPhone! It's standards-based! It's a 'real' web browser! And yet they refuse! Damn IT drones!"?

    I'm guessing the latter.

  1. facebook_Benjamin

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    Joined: Jan 2011


    I... the "looks good and works great" line. It's only a step away from "Macs just work and they are secure" line, along with my favourite "IT guys just don't want to be out of jobs so they use Windows", while in reality Apple have shown, many times, an intent to leave SMB many un-secure generations behind the current versions used in every Linux distribution, with no intentions of rolling out upgrades. The last OSX machine that was connected to our domain (more than a few years ago now) that wasn't owned by us, owned by a user that insisted OSX didn't need any malware protection, had to be shown his machine contained a Trojan and a worm, a rather nasty one as well if I remember.

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: I...

    "had to be shown his machine contained a Trojan and a worm, a rather nasty one as well if I remember."

    Really? What was the trojan? Which nasty worm and what was the actual damage?

    You're just another Windows wonk who thinks the Mac is just as easy to infect as Windows but because of it's marketshare no one bothers.

    Malware exists for all operating systems but the difficulty to get it implemented in a particular OS is the measure of security. Careless Mac users may have some problems but the relatively few instances of these attacks are far more limited and isolated compared to Windows outbreaks.

    Calling the Mac "secure" relative to Windows is certainly no exaggeration. Also, comparing Apple products to their counterparts with the phrase "they just work" is also not much of an exaggeration. Apple products can and do have instances of defects but why that should be a comfort to users of products with many more problems and far less easy to use or troubleshoot is beyond me.

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