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iPad moves ahead of Android at corporations

The iPad (s aapl) is on a tear in the enterprise, and is now being activated more often than Android (s goog) smartphones, according to the latest data from Good Technology. The enterprise software maker said the iPad accounted for 27.2 percent of all activations of its software in the second quarter ahead of Android phones at 24.4, the first time Apple’s tablet has pushed past Android phones.

The iPad and the iPad 2 now account for 97 percent of all tablet activations. And iPad figures have helped boost Apple’s overall share of activations to just under 80 percent, compared to just under 70 percent in the first quarter. IPhone activations are up to 66 percent, compared to 62 percent in the previous quarter. Good said iPad adoption was driven by the financial services sectors, which accounted for 46 percent of all adoption, more than triple that of any other industry.

It’s a pretty impressive showing for the iPad, which has been out for a little over a year. And the fact that it’s pushed past Android phones, which are the leading smartphone on the market, underscores how big the opportunity can be for tablets in corporations.

Good Technology, which provides management and security tools that allow companies to deploy smartphones and tablets, doesn’t account for Research in Motion devices (s rimm), which connect through a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. So it’s unclear how the Playbook or BlackBerry phones figure into the mix. RIM recently said it shipped 500,000 Playbook tablets. Good is in the process of supporting of Windows Phone 7 (s msft) later this year but until then, doesn’t have data for that platform either. But the results show how iOS and Android, two platforms not designed specifically for enterprise, are faring in corporate adoption. Good Technology is used by 40 of the Fortune 100.

The latest Good figures falls in line with Apple’s own data on enterprise use of iOS devices. Apple said Tuesday during its quarterly earnings call that 91 percent of the Fortune 500 have deployed or are testing the iPhone up from 88 percent last quarter. And 86 percent of the Fortune 500 are deploying or are testing the iPad, up from 75 percent in the previous quarter.

Android tablets are still just getting going with Honeycomb devices hitting the market, led by the Motorola Xoom, the most popular Android tablet in the Good survey. Android tablets account for 3.1 percent of all tablet applications, down slightly from the previous quarter.

The figures show that Apple continues to gain traction in the enterprise and has a bright future ahead, especially if it can get companies to develop corporate apps for iOS. And the one-two punch of having a smartphone and tablet also seems to be paying off for Apple. It raises questions about tablets challengers and how well they’ll perform in the enterprise. Rivals need to have a credible answer for both smartphones and tablets and having a stable of corporate apps that can run on both may help decide who wins in this space.

22 Responses to “iPad moves ahead of Android at corporations”

  1. How much do you trolls get from Apple or Google to argue about which product is better. I bet all of you paid for whatever devices you are using. All of you need to get a life.

    • calm down dude.
      There’s always argue when comparing two great products.
      Each side got some pros and cons. By reading substantive arguments there is better chance to figure out which product to buy, by undecided person.

  2. Blackberry, Android, Dell and all of the others who came “late to the party” have created the opportunity for enterprise acceptance of Apple by creating their version of a tablet, and doing a merely passable job of it.

    Apple is doing booming business because its a consumer products company and consumers are not as technically demanding as enterprises.

    In the meantime, businesses have woken up to the fact that this product is much simpler to use and less configurable (and less theft [G3 enabled tablets can even be remotely shut down], breakage [no moving parts of any kind,] and virus prone [iOS is a severely buttoned down OS,]) than a PC or a laptop.

    Its also competitively priced or cheaper too so its a win-win situation.

    They can evaluate tablets, reject all but Apple iPads on their price, value and durability merits and Apple just sell iPads to enterprises precisely because its NOT a PC.

    Given the relative sizes of the consumer and enterprise markets, Apple does’t have to compromise itself in the former to score in the latter.

    • Your company is stupid and letting the IT dorks with two-year Associate’s degrees call the shots. They don’t want to lose their jobs when the companies finally implement a device that just works.

  3. Alan Osborne

    This is a very poorly interpted article. Good is talking about activations of its enterprise management software package on Ipads, not total number of devices activated in the entire market. The Good product is a niche product right now aimed at offering secure communications, managability, and support for Android, and IOS devices.

    That being said with enough traction the Good package does look like an excellent solution for enterprise and goverment customers looking for a way to secure Ipads.

    • ((Its just a matter of time before apple’s show off Ipad loses the is the best..))

      And then you’ll finally be happy at last…. sigh……

    • And I wish the Android tablet all the success it deserves, on its own merits, based on factual cost/benefit analyses, not some fanboy doom predictions on a battle that is happening only in their febrile little minds.

      There’s very little not to like about the iPad. Its a sheet of reactive glass with BlueTooth and WiFi or G3 built-in. (+ 3d accelerometers, a few gigs of ram and SSD and a very few other things.)

  4. Rosswell

    I bought iPad V1 on day one, and it has never left my nightstand. Its quality, reliability and simplicity are what kills the deal. The tons of good apps doesn’t hurt, but to me the cool apps are secondary. (Even though I have bought more than 30 of them!)

    You could take a chance on some fancier, unknown tablet, but why? This one is absolutely uniform, you know what you are getting, and it just works. (I could care less about Flash; OK there are like 1 in 50 sites where I would have liked it, but no effect on my overall habits. Incredible battery life trumps CPU-hungry Flash sites in this case, for me anyway.)

    You could ignore the tons of excellent reviews and buy the dark horse, if you wish to gamble with your hard-earned money. Competition is good and all, but let someone else be the beta tester, I choose the established standard.

    The resale value one or two years later is amazing, your investment will recover like 80% of what you put into it. That alone speaks volumes. I bought an iPad 2 the day it came out, decided I didn’t need to upgrade from V1, and sold it for a *profit* the next day (there was a bidding war on craigslist). Android devices are often “two for the price of one” and that is exactly what you’ll get trying to sell it later.

    I am not known for loyalty to any corporation, so it is surprising, to myself, to be writing this. How Apple managed to hit a home run on the first go round is amazing.

    Dismiss me as a fan boi if you like, but (off the record) do your parents/wife/mother/sister/children/self a favor and buy them an iPad. The best-spent $500 you’ll lay out this year.

    • The iPad was also an unknown before it was released. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to try something different.

      The iPad is a good tablet though, but I tend not to like how Apple tends to restrict their products. With the iPhone and iPad, the only allow you to install apps from their App Store, which they approve using arbitrary rules (sometimes it seems that an app may be approved or disapproved only due to someone’s mood that day).

      • I tend to agree with you about Apple’s restrictions.

        I work in a hospital and there are a few people with iPhones and a couple of Docs with iPads but take this to the bank….If and this is a big IF Microsoft pulls off the dual OS for tablets with Windows 8 that can run the legacy Windows applications and IE they will clean up in the enterprise sector. With the Government mandate that all medial fields going to paperless systems and since those systems currently require Windows and IE along with the emergence of digital imaging it will be a no brainer for them to go with a system that users are already familiar with and the networks are already built for.

  5. (Shaking head,) Its a shame that any Enterprise is getting sucked into the tablet hype that needs any kind of speedy data entry as part of the job. What a nightmare!

    • Peter A

      Apple has figured out the ultimate enterprise strategy: Don’t sell to the enterprise, sell to the users and let them transform enterprise IT from the bottom up. Brilliant. F*cking brilliant.

    • Travis

      For the typical enterprise user, you’re right it is hype. However in the organization I work for, tablets aren’t going to the “worker bees”, its going to senior management. In most cases management doesn’t need the power of a laptop just to view pdf reports and send email, so a tablet being easier to tote around, gets used more than their laptop. Right tool for the job. What is interesting is the last mobile “fad” of netbooks didn’t catch on in my organization. Probably because in laptop vs netbook, netbooks were seen as an “either/or” decision whereas tablets are an “and” decision. Not exactly cost efficient, but if management can justify increased productivity it doesn’t need to be.

  6. If Apple and their App developers can give business the powerful tool box of Apps they need along with the already super combination of iPad / iPhone, they will be unstoppable.