Apple's iOS bolsters lead in enterprise for Q4 at the expense of Android

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in iPhone edited February 2015
Apple gained ground in enterprise device activations over the fourth quarter of 2014, especially in strictly regulated industries, while Android share slipped over the same period, according to the latest data from Good Technology.


Source: Good Technology


In its quarterly Mobility Index, secure enterprise mobility solutions firm Good Technology on Thursday reported iOS accounted for 73 percent of enterprise device activations for the quarter ending in December, while Google's Android platform slumped to 25 percent share of activations.

The results compare to the quarter prior, when iOS and Android boasted device activation shares of 69 percent and 29 percent, respectively. Microsoft's Windows Phone and Surface eked out a one percent market share in total device activations for the most recent quarter.

Good attributes Apple's market share gains to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were introduced in September and subsequently buoyed enterprise activations into quarter four. Combined, Apple's latest handset offerings accounted for 30 percent of all tracked device activations.

Device adoption varied from industry to industry, but iOS outperformed Android in regulated sectors where security is a top priority. Apple products accounted for 95 percent of devices in the legal industry, 82 percent in the public sector and 81 percent in financial services.

Good believes Android fragmentation and perceived security issues are slowing adoption. As of December, Android ranked above average in less restricted industries like high tech, manufacturing and transportation, but failed to dominate any one business sector.

Earlier this month, Good and Samsung announced a secure app container and software ecosystem dubbed "Good or Samsung KNOX," a solution aimed at boosting adoption rates in regulated industries.

Interestingly, the study found smaller form factors more popular than larger "phablet" smartphones. For the iPhone 6 series, the 4.7-inch model was favored over the 5.5-inch version more than three-to-one. That trend could be in flux, however, as the quarter prior saw 85 percent of iPhone 6 users choose the smaller-screened model, potentially due to iPhone 6 Plus supply constraints.

Android users, too, preferred smaller devices, with Samsung's S4 Mini outpacing the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 device families. Unsurprisingly, Samsung lead the charge for Android and took nine of the top ten spots for devices running Google's mobile platform.


Source: Good Technology


Other key findings from today's report include a whopping 900 percent increase in secure instant message activations over the course of 2014, while secure browser deployments grew ten times from the same time in 2013 and represent 27 percent of all apps deployed by businesses. Custom app usage also continued to increase at the end of 2014.

Secure messaging and Web browsing were the two top app categories for smartphones, while most tablet owners used their devices for document editing and access.

Good Technology's study was based on aggregated internal data from the company's global customer base, which now includes more than 6,200 organizations around the world. Since Good lacks insight into BlackBerry's Enterprise Server, the firm omits BlackBerry devices from the quarterly report.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,179member
    Yet, Android has 5 BILLION PERCENT market share, how can this be??!
  • Reply 2 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,372member
    Excellent news. Still far too much of that Microsoft crap in use, it's still registering on the graph!

    EDIT: Next article does show that the minuscule slice that is Microsoft does in fact yield zero profit.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,372member
    slurpy wrote: »
    Yet, Android has 5 BILLION PERCENT market share, how can this be??!

    Right. Time to narrow the term Android when used in the same sentence or comparing with iOS. I'd suggest only including any Android version that is on par with iOS >7. That would seem fair.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    "Android.....Perceived Security Issues"

    I loved that line.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,172member

    I just got this 7" Windows 8.1 Tablet late last week to screw around with.  They're basically giving these things away. I paid under $65 for the thing.   It's a Winbook TW700.  It's not a bad little tablet.  I can't stand Windows 8.1 on a Desktop.  In can't make up it's mind what it is.  Metro Interface comes and goes.  So many issues which is why I stick with Windows 7.  I figured maybe it's better on a tablet.  But no, it's the same thing.  In Metro, out of Metro to TINY check boxes and Menu's and really kind of Sucky.  While you're in the Metro Interface it's not bad.   I had over 70+ security updates to download and install on it.  That took up a bunch of space of the 16 gig's the device comes with.  There is a program you can download to gain some space back, thank goodness.  There's a a MicroSD slot to hold up to 64 gig's but it's limited on what you can install on it.  Since it's Windows, Yep there's a Microsoft's Virus Protection software running!   It is full Windows 8.1.  A 7" Tablet though really is pretty small.  I would never buy a iPad Mini.   I still like my iPad 3 100 times more then this Windows one, but I can see the appeal price wise.  It has a full size USB2 port on it and a Mini HDML port.  Plug it into your HDTV and stream Netflix if you want.   You also get Office 365 for free for a year.  So if you use Office, that's basically getting the hardware for free.  Or sell the code and get the Tablet for free.   It's Office 365 which means you can run in on your PC or iPad also.

     

    iOS is just much easier to use then this Windows Tablet.  If you were just dealing with Metro it wouldn't be so bad.  It's not.  It can't make up it's mind what world it wants to be in.  It makes it hard to deal with.  I'm sure pretty confusing for those that aren't really computer geeks.  No wonder the iPad sells so much better even with the much higher costs.   If this thing was $199, I would have never gotten it.   I can say I tried.   I know what it's about.  I'm not impresses at all.   No wonder it's in the crapper.    There's something to be said about consistency.  From one iOS device to the Next.   Keeping a Desktop OS and a Phone/Tablet OS apart and not trying to make one OS for everything!!!!  

  • Reply 6 of 7
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,086member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JBDragon View Post

     

    I just got this 7" Windows 8.1 Tablet late last week to screw around with.  ... There's a a MicroSD slot to hold up to 64 gig's but it's limited on what you can install on it.  Since it's Windows, Yep there's a Microsoft's Virus Protection software running!  ... It has a full size USB2 port on it and a Mini HDML port.  Plug it into your HDTV and stream Netflix if you want.   


    Since this article is about enterprise adoption, which might or might not include government use, the inclusion of these extra ports could cause problems especially if there isn't a way to lock down their use. Good can control cellular and network access but I don't know if they can control the MicroSD port or specific use of the USB port. Enterprises want a secure device and the more ways to get into it the more problems it creates. The Windows tablet you mentioned has too many ways to access the device so I don't see a legitimate enterprise using it for secure communications. Of course, that won't stop a Windows-only shop from using them.

  • Reply 7 of 7
    The U.S. government allow the purchase of ONLY Samsung phones with KNOX included. Neither Microsoft phones or tablets are allowed for purchase. All Apple phones and tablets are allowed. In fact ONLY Apple can sell tablets to the government. Footnote: BB has some phones the government can purchase, but seems to not be doing so.

    The current GSA contract is good for the next 2-3 years and may be automatically renewed for another 3 years afterwards.
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