Apple’s portable devices may be losing ground to Android-based devices in the general consumer base, but there seems to be one area where they’re gaining momentum: Enterprise users.
A report released Monday by Good Technology, which provides push e-mail, mobile-device management, and security products, said Apple devices led the pack among non-BlackBerry device activations using Good’s systems from May 1 to Sept. 30. The company says it has thousands of customers, including 40 of the Fortune 100 corporations.
iPhone 4 Leads
Fueled by the release of the iPad in April, the iPhone 4 in June, and continuing sales of the iPhone 3G, activations of Apple devices made up half the activations noted by Good in the entire third quarter and the last two months of the second quarter.
During the same period, 30 percent of the phones activated used Google’s Android operating system, while Microsoft Windows Mobile phones made up 15 percent and Nokia’s Symbian phones made up five percent.
The top 10 devices by activations were, in descending order, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad tablet, Droid X, HTC Cedar, iPhone 3G, Droid 2, Samsung 1637, Samsung Blackjack 2, and Droid Incredible.
But Good warned that Apple may soon lose its edge to Android.
“As an increasing number of Android devices — including both smartphone and tablet form factors — come to market, we expect this growth in Android-device activations to continue to increase accordingly,” the company said.
A comScore report last week showed that Research In Motion still leads the U.S. smartphone market with a 37.6 percent market share as of August, although that share is down from 41.7 percent in May. Good couldn’t measure RIM device activations.
“Since RIM devices use only the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate e-mail access, Good does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activation trends, and they are not reflected…