With iOS continuing to dominate the mobile space on the business side, many will be surprised to see Android gain market share amongst business users in the tablet space.

According to a recent quarterly report by Good Technology, Android tablets made up 11% of business activations in Q3 2014. While this may still seem insignificant compared to iOS’ commanding 89%, this does present a slight escalation of the 10% held by Android in this same space in Q2, and perhaps more importantly, is the second straight quarter in which Android tablets have stolen market share from iPads.

As Android continues to grow, and Apple’s tablet sales falter it should be expected to see Android start to creep in to the business smart device market. With Android Lollipop bringing further security enhancements such as encryption on by default, SELinux Enforcing enabled on all apps, as well as a “kill switch” to render the device inoperable if stolen, Android as a platform is becoming more and more appealing to businesses every release.

As more and more devices are released with, or update to, Lollipop we can expect to see a rapid growth amongst businesses thanks in part to Android 5.0’s security features.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Unsurprisingly due to the recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, smartphone activations for iOS rose from 67% from last quarter to 69%, with Android in 2nd at 29%, and Windows Phone 3rd at 1%
  • Also unsurprisingly, iPhone 6’s made up 85% of the enterprise sales of this year’s iPhones
  • This is the 6th consecutive quarter in which Windows Phone has held 1%, way to keep it consistent Microsoft!
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