Could the Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 operating systems overtake Android's market share? That's the question ABI Research is asking as it predicts that 2.4 billion employees worldwide will use smartphones by 2017.
Right now, Android dominates the global workforce, ABI said on Wednesday, and its lead is expected to hit 56 percent in five years. However, if Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 prove tough competitors, that may not actually happen.
“The question is, will new smartphones from Microsoft and RIM put more power in the hands of the enterprise concerning employee mobile device use, particularly for accessing corporate resources?" said Dan Shey, ABI's enterprise practice director. "Such change would directly impact enterprise device market share."
Regardless of which manufacturer comes out on top, ABI forecasts that employees in 2017 will be using three times the number of smartphones they're relying on today, or a growth rate of 17 percent.