updated 01:02 am EDT, Wed July 25, 2012
Android marketshare slowly gaining on iOS in business
Good Technology has released its analysis of mobile device activations among enterprise customers over the second quarter of 2012. The data collected shows Android smartphone usage doubling, with Apple's iOS continuing to lead, with the iPhone 4S at the head of the pack. While smartphone activations outnumber tablet new-installs by around three to one, Apple continues to dominate in the corporate tablet space, crushing all competition.
According to a seperate survey sponsored by Good Technology, more than 80 percent of American employees continue business-related communication from their mobile devices after they have left the office. The amount of usage averages seven hours per week -- adding up to more than a month and a half of (typically unpaid) overtime per year.
The top ten devices activated in the second quarter of 2012 are led by the iPhone 4S, followed by the iPad 3, iPhone 4, iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Droid Razr, iPad, iPhone 3GS, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Samsung Galaxy Note. Samsung's Galaxy S III phone was released during the middle of the quarter, and is expected to make an appearance on the top ten device chart next quarter.
Apple iOS devices account for twice the number of Android devices activated in enterprise in Q2. Android is experiencing a 10 percent quarter-over-quarter growth, mirroring a similar gain seen in 2011 when the latest iPhone hardware had been on the market for a year. Windows Phone 7.5 accounted for 1.2 percent of the total smartphone activations, with Apple holding 70.8 percent and Android gaining ground to 28 percent.
The financial services industry leads mobile device activations, climbing to 37.8 percent in Q2. Holding second place are business and professional services, followed by healthcare, government, and the high-tech sectors. All aspects of business are seen to be seeing growth fueled by the "bring your own device" movement in information technology.