Users rule in smartphone picks, but IT has a big hand in tablets

Enterprise survey shows iOS rules but not for long, and IT expresses interest in WebOS

By , InfoWorld |  Personal Tech, consumerization of IT

Mobile device management provider Good Technology's latest quarterly survey of the devices its thousands of customers manage through Good's tool shows clearly that users -- not companies -- select their own smartphones, a strong confirmation that the "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend is not just a temporary trend but is becoming the norm. (Good says the majority of its customers have already adopted BYOD.)

But when it comes to tablets, businesses are driving adoption just as strongly as individual employees are, Good's analysis shows. Individuals bring in their own iPads, which IT can manage as if they were iPhones, and IT is testing or deploying iPads for sales forces and field forces. Health care workers and salespeople are among those to whom IT is actively deploying iPads, said John Herrema, executive VP for strategy at Good.

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iPhones rule today, but Android smartphones are heading to the majorityThe top devices used by Good's customers -- primarily in health case, financial services, government, and professional services -- are the various iPhone models, accounting for about half of the user base. iPads accounted for another 20%.

The Verizon iPhone 4 and iPad 2 releases both boosted iOS installations in the quarter, but the long-term momentum remains with Android smartphones. Good expects the Android smartphone adoption as a percentage of managed devices to surpass the iPhone's share this year. Currently, roughly twice as many iPhones are in place than Android devices at Good's customers.


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