updated 08:20 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2012
Good Technology shows iOS widening lead at work
Good Technology broke down its latest enterprise stats Wednesday to show that the iPhone 4S had a tangible impact on share at work. The new Apple phone made smartphone activations through the enterprise platform "skyrocket," making up for any pent-up demand from the summer with a record in the fall. iOS as a whole made up 70 percent of the newly switched-on activations, keeping its summer share even in the face of theoretically tougher competition.
Split up by device, Apple had a virtually complete hold. The iPhone 4S was the most-activated device, but its creator swept the top five, with the earlier iPhone 4, iPad 2, original iPad, and iPhone 3GS coming next. Samsung's Galaxy S II was tops among the 35 percent of Android activations, but there was "no clear handset leader" on Google's platform, where Motorola's recent Droid Bionic and Droid 3 were competing with the aging Droid X and HTC Evo 4G.
The iPad had virtually complete control of tablets, with 94 percent of worker activations going to one of the two Apple designs. No Android tablet registered in the top 10.
Good didn't have a direct explanation for the gap. Apple has been more proactive than Google in supporting the workplace, getting Exchange and remote administration support faster and more extensively in iOS than Google has on Android. Most enterprise support for Android so far has come from OEMs like Motorola adding in custom software that ends up locking customers in to that OEM's devices and defeating the point of a theoretically more open platform.
During its fiscal results call, Apple supported Good's own findings, saying that "nearly all" of the Fortune 500 was actively using or supporting iPads and iPhones.
The firm predicted a repeat for the first half of 2012, but this time swinging towards iPads. Some would start holding off on iPads later on in the winter, but this would more than bounce back if an iPad 3 launch came at the same time. Android might climb back up as the iPhone 4S effect cools.