iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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The latest Mobility Index Report from Good Technology reveals that iOS increased its lead over Android in the enterprise market during the fourth quarter on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iOS accounted for 73% of total activations during the three-month period ending December, up from 69% in the previous quarter and equal to the year-ago quarter.

Activations by Platform Good Q4 2014
Specifically, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus made up 30% of all activations during the fourth quarter, with the iPhone 6 to iPhone 6 Plus split being 77% and 23% respectively. Android activations dropped from 29% during the third quarter to 25% in the fourth quarter, while both Windows Phone and all other mobile platforms each represented a 1% share of activations.

"Device adoption varies significantly between industries, with iOS devices outpacing Android in regulated industries such as legal (95 percent), public sector (82 percent) and financial services (81 percent). Android was more widely adopted in industries with fewer regulatory compliance restrictions, such as high tech (45 percent), manufacturing (39 percent) and transportation (35 percent)."

iOS and Android activations in the enterprise were led by smaller devices during the fourth quarter, with the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S4 Mini outpacing the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 respectively. The report adds that secure browser activations nearly tripled quarter-over-quarter and secure instant message activations grew 900% in 2014.

BlackBerry is not reflected in this report due to its reliance on BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

Tags: iOS, Android

Top Rated Comments

bwillwall Avatar
75 months ago

Apple would have even better penetration if they offered better legacy support. the new iOS should run on all previous iPhones, iPodTouches and iPads all the way back to #1. With good programing practices like graceful fallback of features and targeted compiles the latest iOS could run on any of these devices. That would keep more users in the fold, bolstering sales of media and apps at the iTunes store.

Apple could do the same thing on the MacOSX. Even the G4 PowerBooks have enough processing power to handle MacOSX 10.10 if apple did a little graceful fallback on the most power hungry features.

Also as part of legacy support is sandboxing older legacy software so that it continues to be able to run on todays modern OS's and processors. We need to continue to be able to access our data tomorrow, in five years, in a decade, in a lifetime, in generations.


Not going to happen, I don't know what kind of programming you are talking about but its really unrealistic to expect a device that is tens of times as slow to run the same software. If they did that they wouldn't ever be able to move forward and advance their software...
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Joe Rossignol Avatar
75 months ago

I was surprised not to see BlackBerry on that chart, but as the report states: ‘Due to the fact that RIM devices use only the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for corporate email access, Good does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activation trends; and they are not reflected in this report.’

Would have been interesting to see how these devices are faring in comparison to BlackBerry.

This is a good point and I have updated the article to reflect this fact. Thanks :)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kdarling Avatar
75 months ago
This is about activations, not purchases.

This report comes out every year when a new iPhone model arrives. People with Good accounts to access work email, trade their old phones in and activate new ones.

The swapped phones cause a spike in iOS activations every time.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlecZ Avatar
75 months ago

Apple would have even better penetration if they offered better legacy support. the new iOS should run on all previous iPhones, iPodTouches and iPads all the way back to #1. With good programing practices like graceful fallback of features and targeted compiles the latest iOS could run on any of these devices. That would keep more users in the fold, bolstering sales of media and apps at the iTunes store.

Apple could do the same thing on the MacOSX. Even the G4 PowerBooks have enough processing power to handle MacOSX 10.10 if apple did a little graceful fallback on the most power hungry features.

Also as part of legacy support is sandboxing older legacy software so that it continues to be able to run on todays modern OS's and processors. We need to continue to be able to access our data tomorrow, in five years, in a decade, in a lifetime, in generations.

As much as I'd love new OSs to be light enough to run on old hardware, do companies keep such old iPhones? iOS 8 can run on the 4S, which is from 2011.

The bigger problem I'd see is that Apple completely drops support for any version of iOS that isn't the absolute latest. Judging by how glitchy iOS 8 is and how it was even worse with version 8.0, I'd imagine that enterprise customers would want to stick with a fully patched iOS 7 until iOS 8 is cleaned up.
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KALLT Avatar
75 months ago
I was surprised not to see BlackBerry on that chart, but as the report states: ‘Due to the fact that RIM devices use only the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for corporate email access, Good does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activation trends; and they are not reflected in this report.’

Would have been interesting to see how these devices are faring in comparison to BlackBerry.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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