Remember the days when corporate IT departments looked at the iPhone as some kookie West Coast toy bound to mess up their networks? You know, when RIM – that is, BlackBerry – had a lock on big biz. Those days are definitely gone. Today, more than three out of four mobile phones in enterprises bear the Apple logo.

What’s more, Android’s presence in business has fallen to the point where Microsoft is nibbling at its heels. During the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple’s corporate presence rose to 77 percent of mobile device, up from 71 percent during the same period in 2011, according to Good Technology. Even better for Apple executives, the iPhone and iPad took five of the top five mobile devices in businesses…

Good’s senior vice president of corporate strategy John Herrerna commented:

What we’re seeing at the end of Q4 is roughly in line with that we’ve seen in the past, where iOS still commands a pretty significant share of activations of our customers.

Good polled its more than 4,000 Fortune 100 companies on mobile device activation.

By contrast, corporate use of Android devices fell to 22.7 percent, down from 29 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011. Even Microsoft’s Windows Phone – which can’t seem to buy good news – gained 0.5 percent of the enterprise market, placing it in “a distant third,” according to the report.

While IDC also named the iPhone 5 the most popular mobile device in enterprise, in Good’s survey Apple’s mobile devices actually took the next four spots. The iPhone 4S was the second-most activated device with 20 percent, followed by the iPhone 4, the iPad 3 and the iPad 2.

If Android made any inroads into the corporate sector, it was through what Good described as “the rise of hybrid phone-tablet devices,” as Good put it.

Realizing this, the South Korean conglomerate has been heavily advertising its mobile devices with SAFE technology that enables enterprise-grade security and feature enhancements, including advanced ActiveSync capabilities, VPN connectivity, on-device AES 256-bit encryption and more.

Once again, Samsung is closely-linked to Android advances, this time its Galaxy Note being credited for Google’s share of the corporate market reaching 6.8 percent of activations, up from 2.7 percent in 2011.

In one of those apples versus oranges comparisons, Good said Android smartphone adoptions grew at a faster pace within corporations than the iPad during October – finishing 2012 just behind the Apple tablet. Samsung again saved Android’s bacon, the Galaxy S III becoming the most-activated Android device for corporate customers.

But can Android continue this trend, perhaps accelerated by the upcoming release of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV, up for an announcement at the March 14 Unpacked event in New York?

Don’t bet on it, Good suggests.

“Not any one Android model is going to have as significant an impact as the iPhone,” Herrerna said.

By the way, The Wall Street Journal spun this survey as bad news for Apple, but Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber exposed the paper’s sensationalism.

Journalism these days…

  • TesticularFortitude

    I work for a level one trauma center. I’d say that over 90% of our medical personnel use an iPhone and/or iPad.

  • We all know Android has nothing on Apple. Less security, equals less customers.

  • sdhn97

    “The iPhone 4S was the second-most activated device with 20 percent, followed by the iPhone 4S”
    you mentioned 4S twice.. please fix 🙂


  • GalaxyNoteFTW96

    Sadly I dont care… my galaxy note 2 will be beat any iphone they come out with. The fact that some random joe schmo is using an iphone for work doesnt matter to me at all :P. Iphone is easier to use. Android is for the more enlightened and advanced users and it is kinda obvious now since apple hasnt innovated at all since the iphone 4.

    • Kaptivator

      iPhones are for people that get shit done…PERIOD…I’m patiently waiting for my recall email at the job to turn in the galaxy s2 for an iPhone and iPad.

    • Out of curiosity, in what way do you consider Samsung has been innovating? By releasing bigger phones with bigger processors? That’s not innovation. That’s evolution. Samsung has never innovated in any market. It just takes a product, makes it cheaper and throws a bunch of impressive specs at you. But of course, we all know specs don’t mean shit anymore in this day and age

  • Hyr3m

    Erm… since when are iPads phones ?

    Please get the title right btw… this isn’t about “phones in enterprises”, it’s about activations… the vast majority of the corporate world still has >6month old (therefore already activated) blackberries. Also, most IT people know that the iPhone is a toy.

    The fact that not a single blackberry is in this list proves this is bs. There can’t be more “corporate” SGS2s than blackberries 9790 or 9780. Droid Razr and iP3GS? Do they seriously expect us to believe in such utter bs? Most big companies still use BBs and wherever these guys pulled these numbers from (wild guess: their asses), they must’ve done so in an attempt to stop the free fall of Apple’s stock price.

  • Gabriel Carvalho

    At my class, 30 of 40 classmates have an iPhone!