Good Technology: iOS reigns in enterprise; Android has growth

Good Technology: iOS reigns in enterprise; Android has growth

Summary: Custom apps are the fastest growing category in the Good Technology network with a 52 percent growth sequentially in the third quarter. Those custom apps are mostly iOS.


Apple's iOS continues to dominate the enterprise with 72 percent of the activations in the third quarter, but Android is growing at a rapid clip and has 27 percent share, according to Good Technology's mobile index.

Windows Phone activations remained at 1 percent in the enterprise, but Good Technology CEO Christy Wyatt, however, said that Microsoft is likely to get tablet traction in the months ahead.

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Good Technology's report revealed the following:

  • Custom apps are the fastest growing category in the Good Technology network with a 52 percent growth sequentially in the third quarter. Secure mobile app activations were up 42 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter.

  • Apple's iOS is the platform of choice for enterprise apps with 95 percent of total app activations.

  • Document editing is the largest commercial app category with 56 percent of activations. File access and synching were second with nearly 20 percent of activations.

  • Tablets dominated mobile app usage with 81 percent of activations. Of those activations, iOS dominates. Of the apps activated on tablets, 91 percent were document editing apps.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, Mobile OS

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  • The data shows Android loosing 3% share.

    How is that rapid growth?
    • yeah...

      I wondered that, too.

      That kind of logic doesn't engender much confidence in the "Microsoft is likely to get tablet traction" statement.
  • Misleading title - as usual

    The information provided from Good Technology on this subject only concerns activations. How could this be used to proclaim that "iOS reigns" within the enterprise?

    Anyone who actually works in enterprise IT can assure you that iOS on BYOD devices accounts for an incredibly small percentage of day-to-day work within IT.
    • The truth varies..

      From what I've seen the truth is the further up the food chain you are the more it seems that it helps them. Everything from approvals via email, opening documents sent to them, quick access to a document, etc.

      Now further down the food chain where data entry occurs, access to creating documents, etc it seems to bring less and less to the table.
    • Misleading title?

      You want misleading? The title doesn't even mention that this is about mobile devices. I was suckered in thinking it was about desktops / laptops / servers.
  • Q2 vs Q3 is a terrible comparison

    you should do YoY comparisons
  • Will be over soon...

    With Windows 8 finally done and new hardware in place...iPad/Andorid enterprise story is over.
    • That's a wish, perhaps

      but not anything that can be backed up with any sort of evidence. It is more than apparent from market share movement that Apple, and not Nokia, has taken RIM's fallen crown.
      • It takes a while for market trends to show any movement in any

        direction or another, and your claim that Appe is taking RIM's "fallen crown", cannot be proven.

        Also, it's only recently that Nokia and the whole WP8 smartphone ecosystem has begun to prove itself to enterprise players, and indications are that, those enterprise players are beginning to move in the direction of Windows devices. Enterprise players normally don't adopt a new system until version 2.0 or later of the device or the OS or both.

        Now that all of the Windows 8/8.1 and WP8 devices and software have "matured" and the kinks worked out, it's doubtful that those businesses will be opting for any iOS or Android devices, since the Windows environment is much more familiar to them, and more robust, and can be more easily integrated into business environments.