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Apps deployed on iPhone and iPad dominate in the enterprise

Good Technology finds hint of new enterprise interest in Android apps

October 17, 2013 03:34 PM ET

Computerworld - Companies are using the iOS platform more than 95% of the time to launch their custom and standard commercial apps, a new survey of Good Technology's 5,000 global customers found.

The survey found that enterprises deployed apps in the second quarter of 2013 about 98% of the time on iOS devices and about 95% of the time on iOS in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Good said that Android enterprise app deployments tripled from Q2 to Q3, but didn't offer a percentage.

That Android app increase is "hinting at the enterprise becoming more comfortable with Android as a viable and secure platform," Good said in its nine-page report on the survey.

Overall, enterprise customer app adoption grew by 52% from the second quarter to the third, while overall mobile app activations rose by 42% from quarter to quarter, Good said.

The survey also found that tablets are the most popular device for mobile app usage among Good's customers, with 81% of apps activated in Q3 done so on tablets. Good is a vendor of mobile device management software. Its customers represent a cross-section of industry, from financial services to manufacturing and government.

Among the most popular were document editing apps, which made up 56% of all commercial app activations in the third quarter, Good said, while file access and syncing comprised nearly 20% of app activations. For tablets, 91% of the apps activated in the third quarter were document editing apps. A variety of custom apps were the most popular for smartphones.

In terms of actual numbers of devices activated by Good's customers, the financial services industry dominated in both quarters, with nearly 38% of all smartphone and tablet activations at the end of the third quarter. Manufacturing had the largest increase of iPad activations, showing a 32% increase from the second to the third quarters.

Overall, iPads made up 90% of tablet activations in the third quarter, while Android reached 16% in the second quarter and fell back to 10% in the third quarter.

Overall, iPhone activations have held steady in recent quarters, at 51% of total activations (which includes smartphones and tablets) at the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, Android smartphones encompassed 21% of all activations by the end of the third quarter.

Good didn't offer percentages for smartphones separate from tablets, or provide raw numbers of users. Good said it counted internal data from customers with more than five devices in reaching its findings.

This article, Apps deployed on iPhone and iPad dominate in the enterprise , was originally published at Computerworld.com.

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