iPad Still the Most Popular Non-Windows Tablet for Business Use

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Apple’s tablet is used by companies far more than Android-based ones. Tablets using Google’s mobile OS are increasing a bit in popularity for business use, however.

Apple iOS vs. Google Android Business UseAlthough consumer-oriented tablets running Android and iOS weren’t designed for the Enterprise, a great many of these devices have made their way into offices. Some of these were bought by companies but other were brought in by employees who are using their own personal tablet for work.

The most recent quarterly report from Good Technology shows that the Apple iPad is far and away the most popular device in this class. The company does not include Windows-based tablets in its figures, so this is a simple iOS vs. Android competition.

And it’s a competition that Apple is currently winning by a mile: the iPad accounted for 88% of tablets using Good’s enterprise security software in Q1, while Android tablets captured 12%.

Still, the gap is closing. In Q4 of last year, 93% of tablet activations were iPads, so there was a drop of 5 percentage points. Usage of Android tablets jumped from 2.7% to 6.8% of all tablet activations over the course of 2012. That growth clearly continued to be strong in Q1.

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