updated 10:00 am EDT, Thu July 21, 2011
Good says iPad gaining over Android in enterprise
A new study from Good Technology (PDF) has suggested that the iPad was not only the leading tablet in enterprise but that it was gaining over Android in the workplace. Apple's tablet made up over 95 percent of the activations on Good's service where Android dropped down to 3.1 percent. Good attributed it both to Apple's much more established deployments in business as well as a greater likelihood that anyone bringing a tablet of their own would choose an iPad.
"We attribute the large gap between iPad and Android tablet activations to the combination of user preference among our 'BYOD' users and large deployments of company-owned iPads, especially in verticals like financial services and healthcare," Good's senior corporate strategy VP John Herrema explained to AllThingsD.
The disparity would eventually narrow, but there was no chance of that in 2011 since the iPad 2 had "too much momentum" for Google to reverse its direction.
Apple still had the overall edge. Both AT&T and Verizon iPhones were the most activated devices of any kind on Good, followed by both iPads and the iPhone 3GS. The most popular device among sinking Android numbers was the Motorola Droid 2 Global where even the three-year-old iPhone 3G was seeing more new sign-ons than the HTC Evo 4G and Thunderbolt (Incredible HD).
Good isn't completely representative of mobile in the workplace but, in serving 182 companies in the Fortune 500, is a clue as to overall trends. Apple in its spring results said that 86 percent of the Fortune 500 was testing or actively using iPads, an increase from 75 percent at the start of the year. Its headstart on enterprise support, much larger app pool, and wider distribution has given it an edge where Android's support and apps are relatively rough.