Thursday, November 29, 2012

For the first time, Android, iPhone to overtake BlackBerry in the enterprise

Android and iOS smartphones are about to overtake BlackBerry devices in RIM's former strength, the enterprise, according to a report by market research firm IDC.

IDC reported that RIM is being attacked from two fronts. IDC says while corporations are buying iPhones "in droves" for "corporate liable programs," employees who are working for firms that encourage them to bring their own mobile devices to work ("employee liable") are opting for Android. IDC tracks both "programs."

IDC forecast that, among corporate liable purchases, Android shipments will total 15.1 million while iPhone shipments will total 31.1 million. For employee liable purchases, Android will see 87.7 million, while iPhone shipments will reach 37.1 million.

The total for both types of purchases is 102.8 million employee liable Android purchases and 68.2 million iPhone purchases. Compare that to RIM: RIM led corporate-liable smartphone shipments in 2011 with 22.4 million.

IDC said "BlackBerry continues to be the gold standard for security," but added that reduced consumer and developer interest "hinders its viability going forward."

RIM's last chance is the BlackBerry 10 OS. Launching on Jan. 30, 2013, RIM has said more than 50 carriers are testing the platform. The BlackBerry 10 OS has already received security certification from the U.S. government.

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