Worldwide business smartphone shipments reached 116.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 24.3% from the previous quarter, and 12.7% increase from quarter three of 2014, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple’s iOS had 37.9% of all shipments, notes the research group.
Android was the dominant platform worldwide, accounting for almost two-thirds of all business smartphone shipments during the quarter. while Microsoft and Blackberry accounted for merely 2.4% and 0.5% of shipments respectively. Worldwide, Personal Liable smartphones are still the dominant type of business smartphone, with over two-thirds of shipments falling into this category, versus 34% of shipments being corporate liable.
According to the Strategy Analytics Mobile Workforce Strategies’ latest report, Global Business Smartphone Quarterly Tracking Q4 2015, although BYOD [bring your own device] remains a fast growing trend within enterprises, corporate liable purchasing continues to increase as companies still want full control over mobile access to corporate networks for many of their users.
In terms of operating system performance, iOS took “significant” corporate-liable market share from Android, and emerged as the top choice for businesses in terms of corporate-liable devices, says Gina Luk, senior analyst of Mobile Workforce Strategies, Strategy Analytics, and author of the report.
“Apple's vision for the enterprise has really taken shape over the past year, and we believe the standardized OS approach across iPhone and iPad as well as the partnership with IBM, have played a significant role in boosting that," adds Andrew Brown, executive director of Enterprise Research at the research group.