Android most popular enterprise OS, claims Frost & Sullivan

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Analyst house Frost & Sullivan has found that Android is the most popular OS among US and European enterprises, with Windows Mobile and BlackBerry still holding significant market share.

The study, entitled ‘The Future of Mobile Devices from a Consumer Perspective’, shows that Android garnered 56% of the vote, compared with 41% for iOS, and a surprisingly high 30% and 28% for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry respectively.

This may come as a bit of a surprise given research from Good Technology which prognosticated that iOS was the market leader. However Android has been getting more love from the enterprise in recent months, and is starting to feel like less of a second class citizen in this arena.

Elsewhere, Frost & Sullivan predicts that by 2016, tablets will have increased their presence in the enterprise workplace, in some cases superseding smartphones.

The research finds that the current levels of device adoption in the enterprise – 66% for smartphone and 49% for tablets – will near enough even themselves out to 58% and 56% respectively by 2016.

Frost & Sullivan also predicts that more data-intensive mobile applications will be housed in tablets in future, arguably ridding the tablet of its current enterprise reputation as a sales aid for workers in the field.

This contrasts with the perhaps surprising view that less than half (four out of 10) IT decision makers has a formal BYOD policy in place, while 60% of organisations allow personal devices to be connected to the corporate network.

The overall effect of this research appears to blow the cobwebs out of the traditional opinions of enterprise mobile and BYOD.

Similarly, the researchers predicted that mobile and remote workers amount for 38% of the overall workforce – an interesting figure when compared to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that 14% of the UK’s workforce works from home.

“Although this trend is not expected to change drastically within the next three years, the number of in-office workers is expected to decrease, while remote and mobile workers are expected to increase, signifying greater opportunities for smartphone and tablet makers,” said Frost & Sullivan analyst Karolina Olszewska.

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