Fiberlink data shows how Samsung dominates Android in enterprise

According to Fiberlink research of 250,000 Android devices in workplaces globally, more than half are Samsung phones and tablets.

The data shows that 84% of Android devices in the enterprise are smartphones, compared to 16% of tablets. Samsung’s popularity as a manufacturer comprised 56% of all devices, ahead of Motorola (22%), HTC (8%), LG and Asus (2%).

Other devices which registered in smaller numbers included Amazon, CASIO, Huawei, Pegatron and Sony.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S III was the most popular Android smartphone used in the enterprise, with the Galaxy Tab the most popular slate.

These figures will be particularly interesting, given Android’s once maligned status in the enterprise is becoming more and more solid.

This is all down to the increased consumerisation of IT – trends in the consumer space are bouncing back into the enterprise. Back in November MobileIron offered increased MDM support for Android, claiming the “rapid” decline of BlackBerry had forced the company’s hand.

Ojas Rege, VP strategy, said at the time that Android had “moved from being a feature on a checklist for the future to being a core requirement for today.”

Canalys president and CEO Steve Brazier told delegates at his company’s Channels Forum event in Barcelona that Android was moving towards becoming a serious enterprise OS player because of its huge consumer influence.

There is one elephant in the room, however: what will happen to Android’s dominance if Samsung presses ahead with Tizen, its own operating system? Following reports today that the Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch will run on Tizen, maybe Android’s role as heir apparent to the enterprise won’t come to pass.

Fiberlink’s enterprise platform, where the mobile devices are managed, can dig down into these figures real time.

What do you make of the research results? Will Android be a full citizen in the enterprise?

 

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