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Android is top choice as mobile business operating system

Cliff Saran

Android is the most popular operating system in business according to a report from Frost & Sullivan titeld The Future of Mobile Devices from a Customer Perspective.

Research from the analyst found Android to be the most common mobile operating system (OS) supported for organisation-owned devices (with 56% firms using the OS).

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Apple was the second most popular, according to the analyst, with 41% of organisations saying they use iOS, while 30% of organisations support Windows Mobile just 28% support BlackBerry.

The analyst predicted that the number of people working within an office will decrease, while remote and mobile workers are expected to increase, signifying greater opportunities for smartphone and tablet makers.

Frost & Sullivan’s research found that tablet devices were issued by just half (47%) of the enterprises it surveyed. The analyst said: "These devices are expected to bridge this gap over the next three years, as many of the more data-intensive mobile applications migrate over to the tablets."

By 2016, the use of smartphones is expected to decrease from the current levels of 66% to 58%, while tablets are expected to increase from 49% to 56%, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan also found that, while almost 60% of organisations allow personal devices to be connected to the corporate network, just four out of ten IT decision makers report that their company has a formal bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place.

Frost & Sullivan research analyst Karolina Olszewska said: "The most common method of enforcing BYOD policies is through network technology solutions at 67%, followed by mobile device management at 61%."


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