Apple rules the enterprise mobile space and is gaining lead over Android. The latest mobility index report from Good Technology reveals that Apple’s iOS has retained its top slot in enterprise adoption. The total activations for iOS devices increased this quarter from 69% to 73% while Android numbers slide down from 29% to 25%. According to the report, the upswing in iOS activations is mainly due to the introduction of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
While the report provides no specific reason for slowing down of Android numbers, however the variance in platform adoption across industries does throw up some light on the major barrier blocking Android growth in enterprises. As per the report, Apple’s iOS significantly outpaced Android in regulated industries like legal, financial services, public sector etc., whereas Android got more traction in industries with less stringent regulatory compliance to follow. For example, Android numbers in High Tech, Manufacturing and Transportation were 45%, 39% and 35% respectively.
While Google and Samsung, with Android for Work technology, have made real strides to beef up security capabilities in the operating system, Android still has a long way to go to match iOS security mechanism. Device encryption issue is still not fully resolved with most Android devices enabling optional and partial ebncryption. Risk of malware on Android apps remains a threat with regular reports of phising apps found in the Google App Store. Apple’s tighter control on publishing and distribution of apps in its app store has helped it restrict phising attacks in a big way.
With data security being a key issue for enterprises, more so in regulated industries, Android has to do more and quickly if it wants to unsettle Apple from its top slot. Android has given tough competition to Apple in the personal mobility space, by dominating the market in terms of device activations, and it would be really interesting to see its strategy to arrest its slide and challenge Apple’s dominance in the enterprise market.
Tags: Android in enterprises