A latest survey by leading enterprise mobility provider iPass involving over 2,300 enterprise workers reveals that Apple’s iPhone has dethroned RIM as the king of the enterprises. The report further shows that Google’s Android based smartphones are quickly catching up to BlackBerry. The survey report will bring cheer for iPhone app developers as iPhone’s growing acceptability and popularity in enterprises will create new markets for their applications.
According to the report, iPhone now makes up 45 percent of mobile phones used by workers in enterprises, a jump by 14 percent from 2010. Last year, iPhone occupied 31 percent share among mobile workers. Blackberry, the reigning king till now, has fallen from 34.5 percent in 2010 to 32.2 percent. Google’s Android OS is also seeing significant growth as it occupied 21.3 percent in comparison to 11.3 percent in 2010. Nokia was placed fourth with 7.4 percent share in the enterprise market.
The survey also reports dominance of smartphones in enterprises with 95 percent of the mobile workforce carrying smartphones, a jump of 10 percent from 85 percent in 2010. According to iPass report, the recent surge in popularity of Apple and Android doesn’t necessarily indicate that RIM is losing its position in the market but surely proves how swiftly their rivals are moving up.
BlackBerry has been losing its popularity in the market over the years. iPhone and iPad, buoyed by a collection of over 400000 apps built by a robust group of iPad and iPhone developers has continued to grow in the market. The latest survey is simply a reflection of the trend.
For iPhone app developers, Apple’s growing surge implies newer opportunities for them in the enterprise sector. With smartphone applications emerging as a great tool for internal and external usage in enterprises, iOS app developers can expect bigger opportunities in times to come.