Other platforms supported by Good's mobile management, such as Microsoft Windows Mobile, Nokia Symbian, and Hewlett-Packard WebOS, didn't register in its December tally of customers' net new activations (those not replacing a same-OS device). Herrema said they accounted for less than 1 percent of new activations. Statistically speaking, only iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices were added to customers' mobile portfolios in December. For the final four months of 2010 as a whole, Windows Mobile saw about 4 percent new activations, with iOS averaging about 65 percent, Android 33 percent, and Symbian 1 percent.
For all of 2010, Android activations stayed steady at around 30 percent, while iOS activations grew at the expense of Windows Mobile and Symbian. Good expects iOS's share to increase further when the iPhone becomes available on the Verizon Wireless network, which will occur on February 10. For 2010, the iPhone was available on just the AT&T network in the United States, while Android devices were available for all four major Stateside cellular networks. Herrema also expects Android activations to grow in 2011, especially when the Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablets ship this spring or summer.
For Android smartphones, Motorola's Droid series led at about 12 percent of total new activations for the final four months of 2010, followed by HTC models at about 8 percent and Samsung models at about 2 percent. For new activations of iOS devices in that period, the iPhone 4 led at 36 percent, followed by the iPad at 22 percent, the iPhone 3G S at 10 percent, and the iPhone 3G at 4 percent.
Good's data does not include BlackBerry activations because such devices can be activated only through Research in Motion's proprietary BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). It also does not include Windows Phone 7 devices, as they are not supported by Good's mobile management tool due to API limitations in the Microsoft OS; Windows Phone 7 has very limited security and management capabilities compared to other devices.
Surveys by ChangeWave Research show that BlackBerrys currently account for about 60 percent of corporate smartphones and have been steadily declining in share throughout 2010 as iOS and Android devices gain in adoption. An analysis of mobile Web usage by mobile ad network Chitika shows total Windows Phone 7 market share at about 0.3 percent.
Herrema cautioned that "in the final quarter of 2010, we saw continued decline of the Windows Mobile platform. However, we do not expect the platform to disappear anytime soon, because many organizations in the government and public sector remain heavy users of Windows Mobile." These sectors are not increasing their use of Window Mobile.
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