Samsung leads Android pack in enterprise, but Lenovo looms

Summary:Samsung has a commanding Android lead in the enterprise with Motorola a strong No. 2. Given Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola there's a good chance the Android race will become more interesting in the enterprise.

Samsung dominates the Android enterprise charge, but Motorola has a sizeable chunk of the devices in the field, according to data compiled by Fiberlink. The real fun for Android in the enterprise will come when Lenovo closes its Motorola Mobility acquisition from Google.

Given Samsung's push into business to business and the enterprise it's no surprise that its smartphone presence in the enterprise is strong. Fiberlink's data is compiled by 250,000 Android devices in the enterprise. Fiberlink is an enterprise mobility management company recently acquired by IBM.

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Among the key data points:

  • Of the Android devices in the field, 84 percent were smartphones and 16 percent were tablets.
  • The top five manufacturers make up 90 percent of all Android devices in the enterprise.
  • Of those manufacturers, Samsung was 56 percent of the sample followed by Motorola at 22 percent and HTC at 8 percent.
  • The Galaxy S III was most popular Samsung smartphone and Motorola's enterprise entry was the Droid Razr M.

What's surprising about Fiberlink's data is the showing by Motorola, which has a good foothold. The foothold is enough for Lenovo to use the Motorola brand as well as PC and server package deals to gain more share.

Ultimately, the Android in the enterprise push will be led by Samsung and Lenovo. Samsung can also bundle other screens like PCs and monitors, but Lenovo's sales channel with PCs, smartphones and servers is likely to be formidable over time.

On Lenovo's earnings conference call last week, CEO Yuanqing Yang said that the company is likely to have a brand like "Motorola by Lenovo" in the U.S., North America and Latin America. In China, the Motorola brand will be relaunched.

Given Motorola's presence in the enterprise, Lenovo will be an instant No. 2 in smartphones and tablets and look to corporate sales of PCs and servers to create a halo effect.

Topics: Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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