Android use up among enterprises but Apple still dominant: Report

Android comprised 28.3 per cent of activations by Good customers at the end of Q2, compared to Apple's 70.8 per cent.

Good Technology has reported a growing number of Android activations among its enterprise customers in the second quarter this year. But Apple iOS is still dominant, the mobile management and security company said in its latest Device Activations Report].

Android activations increased 10 per cent in Q2 2012 compared to the previous quarter, Good said. Android represented 28.3 per cent of activations at the end of Q2. Apple iOS dropped in share, but still dominated with 70.8 per cent of activations, Good said.

Breaking the numbers down by device, Apple had the top four devices activated in Q2. Good said the iPhone 4S comprised 30.8 per cent of activations, the iPad 3 represented 13.3 per cent and the original iPhone 4 was 12 per cent. Samsung Galaxy devices captured three of the top 10 spots with the SII, Nexus and Note.

“Good attributes Android’s growth this quarter—with smartphone activations nearly doubling—to the availability of new and feature-rich Android devices by Samsung,” it said. Apple iOS declined slightly because of market saturation “as most iOS device hardware has been available for some time.”

The iPad, all versions combined, represented 94.5 per cent of activations among tablets, Good said. Android tablets represented 5.5 per cent of tablet activations in Q2, but that’s up from 2.7 per cent in the previous quarter.

Windows Phone 7 accounted 0.9 per cent of total activations. However, Good only started supporting Windows Phone 7.5 in April. “It will be interesting to see how the arrival of Windows Surface—the first Windows tablet PC—impacts activations in future quarters,” it said.

The financial services industry led mobile device activations with 37.8 per cent of activations in Q2, up from 36.1 per cent the previous quarter. Good believes that’s because the industry has embraced Bring Your Own Device. Meanwhile, activations by the business and professional services industry dropped nearly 7 per cent. “It’s possible that this decline is the result of early adoption and rollout of mobility programs by organizations whose global workforces include several travelling professionals,” Good said.

The government and public sector organisations increased use of mobile devices to 8 per cent in Q2, up from 5 per cent the previous quarter. The manufacturing and wholesale/retail sectors also increased mobile activations in the quarter, it said.

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