iOS is losing enterprise marketshare, but Android still can’t beat it

by: Edgar CervantesAugust 12, 2014

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While the Android platform is #1 in the consumer market (and the world), some would say you haven’t won unless you can take over enterprise. This is a market Android hasn’t been able to successfully penetrate without getting some classic fighting from the competition. Once BlackBerry’s territory, the enterprise market now belongs to Apple, a situation that is slowly changing.

Good Technology’s Q2 2014 reports show iOS on top, but their percentage in the enterprise market has dropped by 5% (down to 67%). On the other hand, Android’s influence in this niche market has grown by the same amount – 5% (up to 32%). Meanwhile, Windows Phone is staying at 1%.

BlackBerry does continue to be fairly important in enterprise, even if not for long. The forgotten platform is not included because BlackBerry devices use their own servers for email access, meaning Good Technology can’t access their numbers. Of course, it’s not like they matter much anymore.


Android’s slow entrance into business seems to be followed by a bad reputation that has preceded the platform since its genesis. The idea that our favorite mobile operating system is less secure no longer holds true, and the latest improvements have moved mountains to ensure Google’s devices are ready for the working businessman.

The announcement of Android for Work and Samsung Knox are important factors to consider next time a business is ready to offer some new devices to its workers. This is a topic we recently discussed in our “Apple vs Google in the enterprise” opinion piece.

Android is ready for enterprise, and it is only a matter of time before Google’s mobile OS takes over suited users. Last quarter’s results are only corroborating our predictions.

  • Captain Canada

    It’s naive to say Blackberry doesn’t matter in the enterprise when we all know Android will never have a chance and iOS is losing ground, it’s worse that you said it without any statistics to back it up.

    • Benjamen Meiers


      • MasterMuffin

        What, are you saying Captain Canada‘s opinion is biased ;)

        • Sweet

          But he does have a point when he criticized the author for not providing stats to back the claims against BlackBerry. Edgar was blatantly using conjecture to fan the Android-fan flames. Fan sites for other platforms do the same thing, so don’t get the impression that I’m singling out Android Authority. :-)

          • MasterMuffin

            I know he first says that BB is important and later says it doesn’t matter :D But to say Android never has a chance is also wrong :)

          • Sweet

            I agree.

    • In 1 years time you’ll feel silly for saying what you just did, you’ll probably want to delete your comment so you’re not laughed at so much. Android will take over business, that’s so obvious to anyone who isn’t living under a rock. Oh I’m sorry did I need statistics to state the obvious? Lol geez man.

  • Sweet

    Er, you do realize that these numbers are only for enterprises that use Good’s solutions, and not all, or even most, enterprises that use MDM solutions, don’t you ? So basically, these numbers are useless.

    • Ordeith

      Yeah, Good only. And Windows phone needs Good the least. Android shops need it the most. IOS can usually hold its own. And I think that affects the numbers more than anything.

      • ? I don’t know a single shop using their products. Android is more secure than iOS why would it need it more?

  • Guest

    This article reads like bait for conflict…

  • Elliot Derhay

    This article feels like it’s trying to lure its readers into conflict…

  • Will S.

    Google should introduce an Android One-like initiative to take on Enterprise.