Android Grows As Smartphone Activations Nearly Double, but IOS Still the Leading Platform
While Android smartphone usage within the enterprise nearly doubled, iOS continues to be the dominant smartphone platform, led primarily by the iPhone 4S, according to analysis by mobile email vendor, Good Technology.
On average, the two most recently released iPhones and iPads drove the majority of activations between April 1 and June 30, 2012. The iPhone 4S was the top device, driving nearly twice as many activations as any other smartphone, with 30.8 percent of activations for the quarter.
While Apple iOS device activations still account for more than twice the number of Android activations in the enterprise, corporate use of Android smartphones and tablets grew 10 percent quarter over quarter, capturing 36.9 percent of total activations, led by the Samsung Galaxy SII, which ranked fifth in top devices this quarter at 4.6 percent.
Samsung's Galaxy SII was followed by the Motorola Droid Razr at 3.2 percent of total activations. Both of these Android smartphones outpaced the original iPad and iPhone 3S, which ranked seventh and eighth, down slightly from their respective fifth and sixth place spots last quarter.
Additionally, while tablet adoption by the enterprise continued to grow -- dominated by the iPad, which accounted for 94.5 percent overall tablet activations -- smartphone usage still outnumbered tablet usage by three to one, accounting for 73 percent of total mobile device activations. Android saw another increase in this category for the quarter, with Android tablets capturing 5.5 percent of total tablet activations, up from .07 percent last quarter.
Windows Phone made its debut in Good's data report this quarter, following the company's release of Windows Phone 7.5 support in April 2012. While Windows Phone only accounted for 1.2 percent of overall activations in Q2, this number may grow in future quarters with the rollout of Windows 8 and the introduction of additional Windows Phone devices.
Government, Manufacturing and Retail Industries Embrace Mobility
Good's data report also showed a notable shift in the use of mobile devices by government/public sector organizations, manufacturing and retail organizations. As compared to Q1 2012, government deployments rose from approximately five percent to eight percent of total activations, manufacturing rose from four to seven percent, and retail activations rose from three percent to five percent during the quarter. While these sectors have traditionally been slower to adopt mobility solutions, Good is seeing increasing numbers of its customers in these sectors ignite and grow their mobile deployments.
"Mobility is not simply another device for IT to support or hurdle to overcome. Rather, it's a much broader shift to new way to empower employees, customers and partners with new applications to connect and collaborate as never before," said John Herrema, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Good Technology. "Our device activations report shows that more and more of our customers -- across all industries -- are really embracing mobility as a new strategy for boosting productivity and business insight. We expect to see continued growth of support for iOS, Android and Windows platforms in Q3 as more of these devices come to market and our customers continue to expand their enterprise mobility programs."