iOS still dominates the enterprise space
More iOS devices get activated in the enterprise space than Android
We once questioned iOS's potential in the enterprise space just a few years ago. Was it a serious enough platform to handle large-scale business needs? Could it ever be secure enough for small or large companies to rely on? We quickly learned that, yes, iOS was more than capable of being enterprise ready. In fact, in Q4 2012, more iOS devices were activated in the enterprise space than Android devices.
According to Good Technology:
This quarter’s report showed a clear preference for iOS devices, which accounted for 77 percent of all activations and captured eight of the top ten spots on the most popular device list this quarter. While Android activations dropped 6.3 percent as compared to Q4 2011, they still accounted for 22.7 percent of all activations for the quarter, which were primarily driven by Android tablets. Windows Phone devices came in a distant third for the quarter, capturing just 0.5 percent of overall activations.
That's a huge percentage for Apple, whose most popular device in those activations was the iPhone 5. It's also pretty obvious that when it comes to tablets, the iPad is king, with 93.2 percent of activations in the same quarter.
While it's not as interesting to read in the news about enterprise over consumer trends, generally speaking, it's really big business for these platforms and manufacturers. The enterprise space was nearly untouched by anyone else when BlackBerry was the number one choice. Perhaps BlackBerry 10 might helps its cause once more, but iOS's rapid ascent means it may be incredibly difficult for Android to catch up.
There may also be parallels between what's happening in the enterprice space and consumer space. Many businesses are adopting BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, and a good chunk of those taking their smartphones and tablets to work are iOS users.
It's never wise to try and predict what will happen in the future for smartphones and general technology, but it's hard to see either Android, BlackBerry or Windows overtaking Apple at this point.