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.

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.

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

KALLT

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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.
 

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Legacy Support Needs

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.
 

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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 :)
 

bwillwall

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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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My company has deployed Good on all smartphones under the BYOD policy. At first I used to say that the name is perfect because the app is not great, just good. I continue to find it not great and which there was a way to use imap through the Apple mail app.

I dislike not being able to see anything in notification about what emails are landing (only a sound). I hate that I have to sign into Good seperate from the phone.

Solve these two things and then maybe, but right now even good seems like a stretch.

Regardless of the above comments, I can tell you that these numbers are consistent with what I see in my office. When we switch to BYOD we were previously given blackberries and now I have seen only 1 person still using a BB. Most are on Apple, a few on Android (almost exclusively Samsung). So these numbers make sense to me.

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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.
I see people running the Good app succesfully all the way back to the iphone 4. Not sure if your comments are general against Apple or related to this article, but Good works on most legacy apple iOS devices. If you are not talking about Good, maybe you want to post on a more appropriate thread.
 

Dargoth

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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...
He means that features that are too resource-intensive to run on the older hardware, or use hardware-specific features not available on the older devices, will either be disabled by default, or fallback to older implementations. It could be done, as I believe that's what Windows does, but at the same time, Windows isn't exactly a model of stability now is it... Indeed, the number of potential bugs in your code is directly proportional to the number of lines of code you've written. Less code is always a win in terms of stability (within reason).
 

AlecZ

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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.
 

advancewarsbest

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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...
Your right! And its not just the software its also a question of hardware, the old hardware is not only not capable enough to run some of these newer features, but also certain instructions do not exist. What about 64 bit only OS vs 32 bit only processors. The reason iPhone 4 is no longer supported is because it does not have dual core, the new OS is all about taking advantage of multi-core, however that is not possible on a single core. Even if they did add fall backs for all of these shortcomings it would eat a huge load of memory and kill performance.
 

J. Jizzle

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I must say I'm missing my iPhone. Because iOS 8 started out so buggy, once my contract was up, I decided to forego the iPhone 6 & switched platforms to the cheaper One Plus One, and to give Android a try. I must say I miss my iPhone. Android is fine, but if you have issues/bugs with the OS you will wait forever for a fix, & once a fix is released you will still wait forever to get the update. One thing I liked about Apple is they control both the software, firmware, & hardware. It works better to have one device running one version of the OS. Android's motto is "Be Together, Not The Same". Well I say it's better to be the same. In that situation the product works better.

PS: I'm switching back to iPhone later this year once the iPhone 6s Plus is released! :)
 

kdarling

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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.
 
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