iOS trumps Android in Q1 enterprise activations

iOS trumps Android in Q1 enterprise activations
When it comes to enterprise environments so far this year, Apple trumps Android in terms of activations. A new report from Good Technology, a mobile security solutions provider, shows that iOS was strongly preferred by enterprise customers in the 1st quarter over Android.

It does need to be mentioned in advance that because RIM devices use the Blackberry Enterprise Server for corporate email access and Good did not release a Windows Phone client until April 2012, neither of those platforms were considered in these results.

When looking at the top 10 devices activated in Q1, the top 4 spots hold the majority of the weight. In order, they are the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPhone 4, and the new iPad. While not completely surprising from an individual device perspective considering Android is spread out among many more manufactures and models compared to iOS, what is interesting is that when the percentages are added up, iOS device accounted for 79.5% of the overall activations for the quarter.

When drilling down device types, iOS smartphones dominated the enterprise environment, accounting for 53% of the activations. iOS tablets made up 24.8% of activations, while Android smartphones represented 19.5% of devices. Finally, Android tablets accounted for a mere 0.7% of activations.

As far as industries adopting mobile technologies into their enterprise environments, financial services companies lead the pack. In Q1 financial services accounted for 36.1% of activations. Behind them was business & professional services with 17% and finally, in 3rd, the healthcare sector made up 7%.

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16. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Can't wait until Windows Phone challenges this monopoly of iOS, if only MS would do more to get the business users attracted. Untill then, I'd prefer an iPhone over a Droid anyday.

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Windows phone is late to the game and is being marginalized. The problem with windows is it's the third OS meaning it's got to overcome the stickiness or the equity people already invested in either the iOS or android OS ecosystem. I've spent too much time and money to give up my iOS infrastructure.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Business users don't need toys. They need an intuitive phone that's stable and gets the job done. They're not in need of live wallpaper and free junk apps. Also business people need battery life that lasts.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, according to those stats, business users like toys,and that is why they activate iphones....give it some more time and things will change.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well we know iOS dominates in business. We also know Apple users are better educated, more tech savvy and wealthier. That's ok you can keep denying the facts

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Just shows how sad it is...That the "more educated & wealthier" are bandwagon sheeps as well. And Apple users more tech-savvy? Sure, and I'm Bill Gate's son =_=". Knowing how to download an app and activating it does not count as being "tech savvy".

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Really? Cos I have an uncle who's company forced him to buy an iPhone and use an iPad because the company wanted to use a certain app that the whole company uses. This is probably the reason why it's selling...Boss is a rich sheep and forces the entire company to use it. lol, I like how you consider digging thru menus just to turn on WIFI/ some other settings intuitive. How you consider rows and rows of icons intuitive just shows me how stupid some people have become...


Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

We see our sales sky-rocketing® We say we will lead® We are progressing® We think ios is all u need® We were what we are® We assume others to keep juxtopostion® We like that®

20. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Why are you saying "we?"® You make no sense® Despite what you say, I still love Android® Eff off, you're really annoying®

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think a bigger reason is perception. People think that iOS is more secure than Android and the stories about worms and viruses don't help matters. Of course, the truth is those worms and viruses are usually third party sites, but it's still connected to the Android name. But Google is taking steps to correct this. I think another reason may be one of the benefits of Android. Android devices tend to be different whereas iOS is mostly standardized over a small group of handsets. I could buy different Androids with different physical features, but unknowingly get different software and hardware features. Now, that isn't so much Google's fact most people rather like that. But most people who make these decisions aren't all that tech savy to line up the correct phones. So they take the easy way out and give everyone iPhones and iPads.

4. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

My problem I had with android was that for one when I shut the phone off it never really turned off and when I went to turn it back on it already was. Another issue was that everywhere I went every site i visited from my loan accounts, credit cards, bank stantements or simply looking up how to make homemade noodles, were screen shoted and place in my album and I had to clue until I went to upgrade to an iphone because it did fit my professional and home life style better and transfered pictures over and was shocked I had over 1500 pictures when I looked to see what it was I had pictures of my account numbers and all sorts of things. I sold that Android and it was a good thing I did not forget to reset it other wise the next person would have all my information just from me taking the easibility of paying my bill on my mobile device. With my iPhone there is an option to trak and screen shot where you go so I can have it off or on depending on my preference. This is something I never could find on a Droid.

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

But that's the great thing about having a choice. Android didn't work for you. Android doesn't work for me. Doesn't make it a bad operating system at all. Recently, a few handsets have made me look twice. ...I love how I got thumbed down for stating what could be perception...At this point I kind of which the thumbs were taken away.

6. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I know right thumbs are way too overrated. On the other note I do love the Razr and the Spectrum display is awesome those have made me rethink Android I'm not Bias I work for Verizon so I see the benefits of having either device for what your using it for most. Mine is work and Entertainment. So I agree with your statement completely. With the recent news that the GalaxySIII coming it looks pretty interesting so who knows.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok, you are saying that when you shut an Android phone off that it is never really off?? SERIOUSLY?? Do you know how to use the power button or even where it is at. With almost every phone, you just tap the power button and the screen is off - the phone itself is not off. Press and hold the power button and confirm you want the phone completely off, and then it will be truly off with no apps running. On my ICS phone, I can even choose to reboot the phone, or go to recovery, or to flashlight. I mean, SERIOUSLY??

21. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I know how to turn off a phone. I am saying once it was powered off it it would turn itself back on. I know how to do a screen shot on a phone as well. Your not understanding it took the pictures ON ITS OWN! I am not saying all android phones are bad or do what mine did and that is why I stated MY ANDROID. I am not stupid and know about phones in fact I probably know more than you.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

huh, when I tap the power button, the screenshot option is visible on my DROID RAZR ICS 4.0.4 phone. And, how in the world do screenshots of personal info appear? This is my 3rd Android phone and I never had that problem. Either, you are a fake, or you truly have not a clue on how to use the

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

He's pointing out some obvious issues with android

7. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

The military knows that Android is more secure, that's why it's using that as a base for their mobile systems.

2. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I think one of the major reasons that companies choose the ipad or iphone for their business might be that creating an app specific for that company is easier, and nobody would have trouble downloading anything because they all have essentially the same device. much more organized. Thats just how I see it.

1. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

I know there were reason that Blackberries were not included, but I am curious to see how they stack up now. 2 years ago the iOS and Android bar would not even be visible, I wonder if it's the same way now. :)

13. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I think everyone should consider the limits of using iOS or Android before buy for not being bored so soon and not being surprise you can not do simple tasks….the first video is enough: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4: Bonus:

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