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  (Source: marccus.net)
For 2011 so far, BlackBerry has 32.2 percent of the business market while iPhone has 45 percent

BlackBerry phones have been known for their business use, but a new survey indicates that this is no longer the case. The new business smartphone of choice is the iPhone.

The survey was conducted by enterprise mobility provider iPass, which obtained a quarterly Mobile Workforce Report from 2,300 enterprise workers.

According to iPass' results, BlackBerry has slipped to second place in the business realm. Only 32.2 percent of the mobile worker market consists of BlackBerry phones while 45 percent of this market uses the iPhone.

Last year, BlackBerry had 34.5 percent of the mobile worker market while the iPhone only had 31 percent.

Creeping up behind the iPhone are Android-powered devices. In 2010, Android only had 11.3 percent of the business market, but this year, it climbed considerably to 21.3 percent.

Nokia sits at fourth place with only 7.4 percent of the enterprise market. Last year, it was at 12.4 percent.

Overall, 95 percent of mobile workers currently use smartphones, and of this 95 percent, 91 percent use their smartphone for work. These numbers have increased from 85 percent and 69 percent respectively in 2010.

BlackBerry's fall to second place may not seem too surprising to some. Just last month, Research In Motion (RIM), developer of BlackBerry devices, experienced a four-day outage that left many around the world without BlackBerry services. This affected many mobile workers who depend on these services to keep their businesses running. The outage started in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, then spread to North America, Canada and Latin America.

Source: Byte



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So when does Google/Motorola wake up on this market?
By wyrmslair on 11/18/2011 12:44:07 PM , Rating: -1
The fragmentation that has happened in the release of the Android platform has to be scary to business and the lack of ability for admins to directly control a rollout has to be a problem as well. So when is someone (cough, Motorola?) going to release a "Business Android Platform" ala IBM/Lenovo's old model for PCs? Basic OS plus business apps, remote admin tools, decent hardware with emphasis on screen size, controls, and proc vs. facebook/twitter, camera, and media players. I would think that we'd have heard some kind of peeps about this being in development by now...

Am I missing the boat or are they just lagging?




By sigmatau on 11/18/2011 12:57:01 PM , Rating: 3
"Fragmentation" : a word coined by idrones to describe their No.1 predator (that is also handing their rear to them btw), that think they can get some relief from all the shortcomings of their icrap.

So is BB fragmented? What about Windows phone? Almost all Android phones (that came out in the past year or two) can load up 2.3. What exactly is fragmented?

My blinders are off so I must be missing something.


By retrospooty on 11/18/2011 3:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
"My blinders are off so I must be missing something. "

Nope, you pretty much hit it on the head. "fragmentation" isnt an issue. Its the result of a wildly popular open platform. It certainly hasn't hurt the Windows market any. There were days not long ago we were supporting Win95,98,MS, 2000 and XP machines all at the same time. Android is ona very similar path.


By jimbojimbo on 11/18/2011 1:26:07 PM , Rating: 5
So when is Apple going to release a business phone with the same requests you made of Motorola? Oddly in fact Motorola's latest phones have much better Exchange 2010 integration than iOS 5. If anybody's only argument against Android is by throwing out the magic fragmentation word I know that person knows nothing.
I've been an Exchange and BES administrator for years going back several versions of each long before the iPhone arrived and can say that the best ActiveSync device so far would really be Windows Mobile 6.5. It's not the best phone but the ActiveSync integration was the best.
Now I own a Motorola Droid 3 and it does a lot more than the iPhone 4 can do with the latest updates. Sure it's missing a couple of features but so is the iphone.

If you knew anything about Exchange you'd know that we have device polices and we can see exactly what device you're connecting or trying to connect to the system and can block anything we want. Every device reports what they are so it doesn't matter. We can allow one Android phone but block all the others quite easily. So what's the argument about fragmentation?


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