Will Google’s Android Mirror Apple’s Enterprise Success?

We’ve heard of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) growing impact in the enterprise market as its consumer popularity spills onto the work space. But can the same be said about Android? Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) mobile operating system was reported to be running 59 percent of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter of the year, but its figures in the enterprise sphere have stayed miserably low.

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A Gartner survey in April found that only 9 percent of enterprises have made or plan to make Android their primary mobile platform in the next year, while the figure for Apple’s iOS has zoomed to 58 percent, and even Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry OS support stands at 20 percent.

One of the main hitches given by IT managers against the using Android platform is its uncertain credibility when it comes to maintaining security and control of consumer Android devices used by workers, according to Computerworld. There are complaints that there just aren’t the right Mobile Device Management tools available to control Android devices, largely because they come from multiple vendors.

The hope is that Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which was finalized last week, may finally spark some much-needed Android activity in enterprises. Motorola after all, owns MDM software maker 3LM. While 3LM is not said to be a true MDM, its Application Programming Interfaces may help in making Android work better with third-party MDM software, analysts say. That, in turn, will improve the ability of IT departments in offices better manage and secure Android. At the moment, IT setups rely on Exchange ActiveSync, but are not completely thrilled with its capabilities.

“ActiveSync is a really low-end solution for MDM,” Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, told Computerworld. “Now that Google owns Moto (Motorola Mobility), I expect the Moto folks to start feeding back into base Android some of the technology they have developed.”

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