10 Reasons Why Mobile IT Needs to Prepare for Android
The smartphone smackdown continues as top vendors and mobile operating systems battle for the top position in the lucrative market, especially in the enterprise. We provide an expert's view on why Research In Motion's BlackBerry's are facing a formidable challenge from handsets powered by Google's Linux-based Android OS. Let's face it, BlackBerry owns the enterprise mobile tech market. There's no disputing that, but increasing numbers of analysts are raising the cry that RIM's stranglehold is giving way to Google's relentless Android charge. The headline news is that, by some counts, Android already outsells iPhone in all markets -- Motorola happily reports it cannot keep up with demand for its Android phones. The "hot" mobile tech phones of summer (iPhone 4G handsets aside) are shaping up to be Sprint's Evo and Samsung's Galaxy S, both running on Google's mobile OS. "Android is the platform to watch," said Vinayak Naik, vice president, Content at AppDiscover, a mobile tech apps development company. "While BlackBerry might have the upper hand in enterprise markets and Apple might be showing great strides in the consumer market, we feel these two players will be ceding their pre-eminent position to Android in the next 12 to 18 months." Apps are in, BlackBerry doesn't have enough, iPhone has the apps but it hasn't persuaded big business it is a serious mobility device. CIOs need to brace themselves for a stampede of employees seeking authorization to use app-loving Android phones on company business.
What should you say? You should say "Yes", according to the experts. There's a mounting acceptance of the need to look beyond BlackBerry in the enterprise. To wit, here are 10 reasons Android deserves consideration for employees who have outgrown BlackBerry and want a genuine mobile Internet experience: -- The new OS (Android 2.2) makes it easy for enterprise to use Android phones, said Kevin Kitagwa, director of Strategic Marketing at MIPS, a developer of processor architectures. "With better support for Microsoft Exchange (mail, calendar, and global address books) and more enterprise security features such as remote wipe and password policies, Android 2.2 will make it easier for corporate IT departments to support it." Older versions of Android were undeniably balky with enterprise email but Android 2.2 changes all that.
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