iOS still dominating enterprise usage

While Android smartphone usage within the enterprise nearly doubled, iOS continues to be the dominant smartphone platform, led primarily by the iPhone 4S, a new survey claims.
Good Technology has released its second quarter device activation report that provides a breakdown of smartphones and tablets activated by Good’s enterprise customers to pinpoint notable changes and trends in device and mobile operating system usage within corporations.
On average, the two most recently released iPhones and iPads drove the majority of activations between April 1 and June 30, 2012. The iPhone 4S was the top device, driving nearly twice as many activations as any other smartphone, with 30.8% of activations for the quarter.
Apple iOS device activations still account for more than twice the number of [activations than] Android in the enterprise when it comes to overall platform activations. iOS accounted for 70.8%, Android 28.3% and Windows Phone 7 0.9%.
Corporate use of Android smartphones nearly doubled quarter over quarter, capturing 36.9% of total activations, led by the popular Samsung Galaxy SII, which ranked fifth in “Top 10” devices this quarter at 4.6%. Other “Top 10” Android devices include Samsung’s Galaxy SII and the Motorola Droid Razr which claimed the fifth and sixth spots. Both of these Android smartphones outpaced the original iPad and iPhone 3GS, which ranked seventh and eighth, down slightly from their respective fifth and sixth place spots last quarter.
Additionally, while tablet adoption by the enterprise continued to grow - dominated by the iPad, which accounted for 94.5% overall tablet activations - smartphone usage still outnumbered tablet usage by three to one, accounting for 73% of total mobile device activations. Android saw another increase in this category for the quarter, as Android tablets captured 5.5% of total tablet activations, up from 2.7% last quarter.
Windows Phone made its debut in Good’s data report this quarter, following the company’s release of Windows Phone 7.5 support in April 2012. While Windows Phone only accounted for 1.2% of overall activations in 2Q, this number may grow in future quarters with the rollout of Windows 8 and the introduction of additional Windows Phone devices.
Industries embrace mobile
Good’s data report also showed a notable shift in the use of mobile devices by government/public sector organizations, manufacturing and retail organizations.
As compared to 1Q12, government deployments rose from approximately 5% to 8% of total activations, manufacturing rose from 4% to 7%, and retail activations rose from 3% to 5% during the quarter.
While these sectors have traditionally been slower to adopt mobility solutions, Good is seeing increasing numbers of its customers in these sectors ignite and grow their mobile deployments.
“Mobility is not simply another device for IT to support or hurdle to overcome. Rather, it’s a much broader shift to [a] new way to empower employees, customers and partners with new applications to connect and collaborate as never before,” said Jim Watson, vice president and corporate general manager at Good Technology APAC.
"Our device activations report shows that more and more of our customers - across all industries - are really embracing mobility as a new strategy for boosting productivity and business insight. We expect to see continued growth of support for iOS, Android and Windows platforms in 3Q as more of these devices come to market and our customers continue to expand their enterprise mobility programs."