Despite the steadily growing number of Android activations reported by Google, data from Good Technology suggests enterprises remain focused on Apple's iPad.
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During Apple's investor conference call earlier this week, COO Tim Cook said that Apple has been gaining traction in large companies, thanks to the popularity of its iPad. He also observed that competing tablets don't appear to be "getting any traction to speak of."
A report published on Thursday by Good Technology, a company that provides managed device services for enterprises, suggests that Cook's dismissal of the competition didn't go far enough.
The iPad represented more than 95% of tablet activations Good Technology made for corporate clients during Q2 2011, the company said. During this period, Android tablet activations declined slightly to 3.1%.
The number of iPad activations in Q2 actually exceeded the number of Android phone and tablet activations combined, among Good's clients. When the comparison is just between the iPhone and Android phones, Good Technology saw 66% iPhone activations compared to 33% Android phone activations.
According to Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, 86% of the Fortune 500 are deploying or testing iPads, up from 75% last quarter. Cook characterized the iPad's adoption in enterprises as " absolutely incredible" for a product that has only been shipping for 15 months "because the enterprise is typically much more conservative and takes a long time to evaluate products."
The highest rate of iPad activations was seen among financial services companies, which accounted for 46% of activations, more than three times figures recorded for Good Technology's clients in other industries.
And it's not just the iPad that's winning fans in companies. During the Q2 period, iOS device activations reached 78.7%, up from just under 70% the previous quarter.
Good Technology's data is based on devices that the company activated for clients and does not include RIM devices, Windows 7 devices, or webOS devices. The company plans to add support for Windows 7 and webOS devices shortly and to include them in its Q4 figures.
Motorola's Xoom was the most popular Android tablet during the Q2 period. This may reflect the fact that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn't ship until June. With Android 3.2 only recently released to developers in July, future Android tablets may be better equipped to compete in upcoming quarters, particularly as tablet-specific Android apps appear in the Android Market.
Good Technology claims thousands of corporate customers, including 49 of the Fortune 100 companies, 7 of the top 10 financial services companies, 7 of the top 10 healthcare companies, 7 of the top ten manufacturers, 6 of the top 10 technology companies, 4 of the top 10 media companies, and 4 of the top 10 retailers, among others.
The company, through a spokesperson, declined to release more specific details about its sample size.
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