Apple with its one-two iPhone-iPad punch remains king in enterprise mobile, but Android’s share is nothing to be sneezed at. This is despite the fact that some companies still view Android — which is a much more fragmented ecosystem — as less inherently secure than the walled gardens of BlackBerries or iPhones.
In the Android-enterprise universe, though, Samsung is the clear leader, representing 56 percent of the Android population, according to new data pulled by Fiberlink Communications, the mobile device management (MDM) company acquired by IBM in November.
In that Android pond, Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone and Galaxy Tab are the biggest fish — leading the pack in the smartphone and tablet device categories, respectively. That’s according to the same data, which Fiberlink got from end users’ devices managed by its cloud-based MDM service.
As for the other platforms tracked, a spokesman said the company cannot release Apple usage data.
One reason Samsung may be outrunning Android competitors is that it has added enterprise security features that make IT professionals more comfortable with its devices. That, combined with what seems to be a fall-off in Blackberry adoption, could boost Android’s (and Samsung’s) fortunes in enterprise accounts.
Other factors that may be spurring broader enterprise adoption of Android devices in general are the fact that vendors — including Samsung — are using bigger screens, which are helpful when dealing with work documents, and the units tend to be less pricey than Apple devices.
To be clear, Android sales are booming in the consumer market, but the platform still has a way to go in the enterprise where some IT pros are hesitant to support it as part of their BYOD policies.