iOS surges ahead of Android development as Apple products invade the enterprise

“The Apple iOS is surging ahead of the Google Android platform for enterprise development, according to survey results from Appcelerator, the mobile platform development company,” Alex Williams reports for TechCrunch.

“In the largest survey of its kind, Appcelerator developers were asked what operating system is best positioned to win the enterprise market,” Williams reports. “Developers said iOS over Android by a 53% to 38% margin. Last year, in its second quarter survey, the two companies were in a dead heat for the enterprise market, tied at 44%… Also reflected in the survey results, is a trend from consumer app development to enterprise apps. Two-thirds of those surveyed are building apps for their company or a business customer.”

Williams reports, “Apple’s dramatic push ahead is in part attributed to developers perception about Android. When asked what interests them, developers said the size of the market and the price point of the devices… Apple has also put more emphasis on supporting the enterprise through better security. They have worked closely with mobile device management companies such as Mobile Iron, SAP Afaria and Symantec’s Nukone… In addition, Apple now has an enterprise associate in every Apple store.”

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  1. Why would you bring the virus riddled inferior product into enterprise, when you could get the real thing?

    *gasp* That’s what they’ve been doing with windows in enterprise! :O

    Could the dark days really be over?

  2. Well duh. Unless you’re a fragmentation fan why would you use such a half-assed phone OS? Doesn’t inspire confidence. I wish developers would abandon Android in droves. Maybe they are starting to as the difficulties in supporting it mount.

  3. Perhaps this has something to do with the “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement. When people bring iPhones and iPads to work, they will be able to utilize a common suite of apps. Granted, some functionality may not be available on older devices, favoring a “least common denominator” approach for app development.

    Contrast that with the fragmentation of Android devices. Businesses would find it highly difficult to support an Android BYOD system.

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