May 07, 2014

Apple's iPad sales lost some steam in the most recent quarter, but the device is still the top tablet for businesses, according to a report released Wednesday by mobility management vendor Good Technology. It claims iPads accounted for 92% of enterprise tablet activations from January to March.

Good derived the data by tracking device activations in its customers' organizations. Together, iPads and iPhones represented 72% of mobile device activations during Q1. Android devices, mostly smartphones, comprised most of the rest. Just over half of all activated devices were iPhones, and just over 20% were iPads.

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Good reported that Windows Phone handsets accounted for only 1% of activations. Windows slates don't factor into the data because Good's products do not support Windows 8, 8.1, or RT.

Good observed that custom app deployment was up more than 77% quarter-over-quarter. The company also said users tend to install certain apps on tablets, and others on smartphones. Smartphone users activated more apps related to unified communications and document management, while those with slates were more likely to install document-editing apps. Tablets users installed twice as many enterprise apps as smartphone users, and iOS devices accounted for 93% of app activations.

The overall OS figures are almost identical to those Good calculated in its previous report, which described the last three months of 2013. In the latest edition, Android gained a percentage point while iOS lost one.

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