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Data shows Apple iPhone taking share from Android in the office

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Data shows Apple iPhone taking share from Android in the office
Egnyte is a company that provides a combination of cloud based storage solutions and  file storage. Its customer base runs the gamut from large corporations to smaller firms. As a result, the company is in a good position to judge what mobile platforms are being used in the enterprise. Based on 100,000 of Egnyte's customers during the 18 months through December 2012, the Apple iPhone rose from comprising 28% of Egnyte's customer base to 42%. But the gain seen for Apple's iconic smartphone in the corner office came at the expense of the Apple iPad, which saw its share of Egnyte's customer base drop from 40% to 27% over the same time span.

For Q1 of 2013, iOS has a 78% share of Egnyte's customers

For Q1 of 2013, iOS has a 78% share of Egnyte's customers

The combined 69% of Egnyte's customers that used iOS by the end of last year more than doubled the 30% figure belonging to Android phones and tablets. That number was the exact same share belonging to Google's open source OS that it earned in 2011. And despite Samsung's SAFE initiative that was seen in its recent Unicorn Apocalypse ads that featured the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II, iOS has continued to pick up share in the enterprise according to Egnyte's own customers which now show the Apple iPhone with a 48% share and the Apple iPad with 30%. The combined iOS share of 78% trounces the 22% seen for Android phones and tablets. Does this have anything to do with malware problems seen on Android?

According to Good Technology, in Q4, 77% of devices activated by its customers were iOS flavored devices, up from 71% the year before. Android accounted for 22.7% of activations in the fourth quarter of 2012, down from 29% in 2011. According to the same source, the top 5 most activated devices by businesses in the fourth quarter started with the Apple iPhone 5 (32% of Q4 activations) on top followed by the Apple iPhone 4S (20% of activations), Apple iPhone 4 (14%), the third-generation Apple iPad (11.7%) and the Apple iPad 2 (7.7%). The top Android device in the period was the Samsung Galaxy S III with a 6% slice of Q4 activations.

Keep in mind that these are just based on the customers belonging to Egnyte and Good Technology and may not precisely be what is happening in offices everywhere.

"While initially iPads dominated our use, iPhones have taken over. 2011 use showed the iPad accounting for 40% of our usage, in 2012 iPhones are now 42% of usage, and Android has remained constant at about 30% of use. There are two interesting points here, first, Apple seems to have at least temporarily won the hearts and minds of business users with its products accounting for about 70% of our traffic. This is important because it’s a flip flop from the days of old, where Apple products were rarely seen in the corporate landscape. It’s also an indication that when BYOD rested control over what devices consumers used from IT, they overwhelmingly chose an easy to use product that focused on UI and usability, perhaps even at times over depth.

The second interesting point is that while tablets are certainly hot, iPhones are driving most of the traffic. This may be due to the fact that the iPad doesn’t replace a laptop yet as the corporate device of choice, but try and take a business person’s smartphone away from them, and you may not have a hand left. Smartphones are a must have, and we suspect that since people are already checking email on such a phone while they are working remotely, it’s an extra step to get out and bootup your tablet, so if you have a great phone app that does the same thing, just use it to view your files. Most editing we think still happens on the laptop/desktop. This ‘on the go’ access is further confirmed by the fact that only 31% of iPhone sessions occurred over wifi, that means over three-quarters of access happens via cellular services."-Egnyte

source: CiteWorld via TechCrunch

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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:23 7

1. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

US ONLY. obviously. everyone here(wallstreet folks) have an iphone or ipad. but most students here have android. well at least at my college.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 00:22 1

7. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

yes, they still think they have a precious product while they have just an iConboard you can not do much work...even email attachment you can not process or copy a file :)
simply a stupid guy would buy such an inferior and overpriced product.....it shows wrong and ill marketing by Google

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 01:18 1

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

android has been.rushing half baked tablets saturating the market for years now...

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 05:50

10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

I will tell you a secret:
facts: first iPads bought just iPhones owners (90 %), so they buy every sh*t ;)
so people started to think by mistake they needed tablets
so thanks to Apple's inferior tablet we have superiority with Android widely spread, see:

do yo get it? :)

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:03 1

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

it seems that you know what people want and what they need to think.. here is my secret..

dont assume because.. well I become 'ume' and you the rest

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 10:48

13. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

its not an assumption, its a fact that first iPad bought 90 % of iToy's owners :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:51 5

2. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I think the bigger story is....I didn't even know Android had a significant presence in the office.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:55 3

3. 3SM.. (unregistered)

Do these statistics of mobile usage on a certain OS really matter?

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 18:20

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

As a Android fanboi having Apple in the corporate environment makes tons of sense because Apple stays stagnant which is a blessing and a curse. Businesses don't have to worry about upgrading phones and tablets each year and specific business apps don't have to get updated as much. That same app will work on all models.
Android gear changes to fast for the corporate environment and there's too many models in the field. As a consumer I love this model because one device does not fit everyone; business situations yes.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 19:13 2

5. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

People think "Apple is a status symbol" Correct me if i am wrong, Maybe that's the reason most of the staff in the office buys iPhone.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 00:19 1

6. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

yes....simply they are stupid and don't see they have just an iConboard you really could not work with: lack of free copy, lack of USB connect, lack of default app selection.....really, just a board with icons
these innovations are real:

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:07

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

let it go.. there are millions of people that don't need USB port etc... example because is friday for me... cars come with loaded options and some come with basics... not everyone buys the loaded with options car... good job promoting Android.. but you don't convince anyone

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 03:12

14. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

but it's important to show rotten part of the world :-)

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 03:59

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

AS long as share prices fall Apple can take 100% of share from Android who cares :)

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