While some other studies show the Android OS leaping ahead of Apple’s iOS on an overall basis, one new survey finds that Apple continues to hold a strong edge in the lucrative enterprise market.
Apple iOS devices accounted for more than half of all new activations in enterprise settings from June through September of 2010. In comparison, Android OS devices represented less than 30% of these activations, and Windows Mobile devices only about 15%.
Still, although Apple maintains its domination, Android OS deployments are growing fast, especially with last summer’s release of Motorola’s Droid X, according to the latest research results from Good Technology.
A Caveat or Two
Yet Good’s results can be seen as skewed in a couple of ways. First of all, RIM’s BlackBerry OS — still the well acknowledged leader among mobile OS in enterprise environments — is not accounted for in Good’s findings at all. That’s because Good’s research is based on device activations involving mobile servers — and Good’s software provides similar server-side functionality to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) that enterprises use in conjunction with RIM phones.
Secondly, unlike the results for Android and Windows Mobile, the tally for Apple’s mobile OS includes tablets, since iOS runs on the widely deployed iPad in addition to iPhones.
Windows-driven tablets for business environments are also already available, but these run Windows 7 instead of any mobile OS.
Meanwhile, emerging Android OS-enabled tablets, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, are geared more to consumers than businesses.
Still, Good’s totals give an interesting look at how well various iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile have fared in enterprise settings over the past few months.
Android OS Phones
With its release early this summer, the Droid X immediately nailed down more than 5% of new activations in both July and August, while quickly shooting up to more than 12% of activations in September, according to Good’s numbers.
The HTC Droid Incredible, on the other hand, has hovered at around 5% mark ever since May, peaking at around 7% in June.
Similarly, the Motorola Droid 2 also nabbed 5% of all activations in September immediately after release.
Windows Mobile Phones
Only three Windows Mobile phones made it on to Good’s list of the “top ten new device activations” for May through September:
The HTC Cedar and Samsung I637 phones have also been at (or near) 5% for each of the past five months.
The Samsung Blackjack 2 just made it on to the charts in September, hauling in about 3% of enterprise activations.
The new Windows 7 phones unveiled earlier this week weren’t available during the time frame of Good’s study.
The new iPhone 4 instantly came on strong upon its announcement, carving out more than 25% of all activations in July and more than 30% in both August and September.
At the same time, the older iPhone 3G took a noticeable nosedive, failing from a peak of just over 15% in June to right above 5% in September.
Meanwhile, Apple’s iPad tablet passed the 10% threshold in enterprise activations by June, inching up to around 12% by September.
What those statistics don’t tell, though, is how well the iPad is doing against any other tablets out there in the enterprise.
The Wider Mobile OS Market
In the broader market that includes both consumers and businesses, the Gartner Group recently reported that the Android OS has already overtaken BlackBerry OS for the top spot in the US.
On a worldwide basis, the Android OS is now on track to take over the number two spot behind the Symbian OS by the end of this year, also according to Gartner.