Forecast from Ovum claims BlackBerry’s lead shipment share will be cut down to just one per cent in 2016, with Android trailing just behind
Android will account for 26 per cent of corporate device shipments in 2016 according to analyst Ovum – just one per cent behind current market leader BlackBerry.
In Ovum’s ‘Enterprise Smartphone Forecast: 2011-2016’, the analyst claims enterprise shipments of Android smartphones will reach 14.2 million in 2016 from the 4.7 million it will end up at by end of this year.
Enterprise shipments of BlackBerry devices will grow from 10.9 million at the end of this year to 14.8 million in 2016.
Ovum also reckons the uptake of Apple iPhones by business users will also increase significantly as companies bow to employee pressure, with shipments rising from 4.9 million this year to 9.3 million in 2016.
Ovum principal analyst Pauline Trotter said: “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.
“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.”