Apple mobile devices dominate enterprise, Good says

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Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS devices represented more than three-quarters of mobile device activations in the enterprise market during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to stats compiled by mobile device management firm Good Technology, from its enterprise customers.

Apple iOS activations increased 8.5 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, while Android device activations dropped 6.3 percent year-over-year.

"Using data gathered from our large and worldwide customer base, which includes more than half of the Fortune 100, we found that Apple remains dominant in the enterprise mobility space. However, Android is not far behind and is finding momentum in enterprises that execute BYOD," commented Desiree Aldeguer on a Good blog.

Apple devices claimed the top five spots for device activations in the fourth quarter, and eight of the top ten spots, based on a survey of mobile device activations among Good's enterprise customers.

The iPhone 5 took the top spot, with close to one-third of all activations in the quarter, followed by the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Samsung's Galaxy S3 was the top Android device, garnering 6 percent of all device activations in the quarter.

On the tablet front, iPads dominated with 93.2 percent of all tablet activations, but Android tablets gained ground, increasing 2.7 percent year-over-year to reach 6.8 percent of all tablet activations in 2012.

In its earning conference calls, Apple emphasizes iOS enterprise adoption, stressing that nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPhones and iPads for their users, according to a report by MacRumors.

"The number and diversity of devices that corporations enable for use at work will grow as IT organizations look to reduce costs and increase employee productivity by allowing employees to use the mobile devices and applications they prefer in order to work smarter," the Good report concluded.

In its BYOD survey released in January, Good found that more enterprises are embracing BYOD, 76 percent in 2012 compared to 72 percent in 2011.

For more:
- check out the Good Technology report
- see Aldeguer's blog
- read this MacRumors report
- read this ZDNet article

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