The Android mobile operating system isn’t just a platform for the consumer market.
Ovum, the global research and consulting firm, forecasts that enterprise shipments of Android smartphones will reach 14.2 million in 2016, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent from the 4.7 million projected shipments at the end of this year.
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry will total 10.9 million enterprise shipments at the end of 2011, well ahead of Android, according to Ovum.
But the London-based market research firm predicts that BlackBerry’s position over Android will shrink over the years, growing at a compound annual growth rate of only 5.3 percent between 2011 and 2016 and barely edging out Google’s OS in 2016 with 14.8 million enterprise device shipments.
Meanwhile, more business users will have iPhones, Ovum said, with shipments reaching 9.3 million in 2016 from 4.9 million at the end of 2011.
“BlackBerry will retain its overall lead over the forecast period as its strong device management and security capabilities make it a favourite with IT departments,” said Pauline Trotter, an Ovum principal analyst. “However, Android and iOS devices will make significant gains, reflecting trends in the consumer smartphone market. Ongoing improvements in manageability of these device platforms and support for more business applications will begin to make these devices much more appealing to enterprise buyers.”