Speaking of mobile technologies...
Sometimes you have to shake your head at the seeming contradictions in this industry.
I was weeding through a few tech headlines earlier this afternoon and stumbled across a report from mobile security provider Good Technology that indicated Apple's iOS continues to "dominate the enterprise" when it comes to mobile OS activations.
Then I stumbled across another berating Apple for their over-production of the new Apple iPhone 5c.
So which is it???
Never mind the mind-bending complexity of forecasting, supply chain and inventory management, and overall operations challenges for producing a new device (although Tim Cook, IBM will be happy to sell you some of its IBM Emptoris "Smarter Commerce" supply chain analytics technology!).
I'm sure everyone in Cupertino thought the colorful iPhones would sell like hotcakes!
But with the iPhone 5s outselling the 5c by a good factor of four or five, I have a feeling we might be seeing a fire sale soon.
But in terms of the Good Technology report, I found it fascinating that iOS saw 72 percent of the enterprise activations in the third quarter, while Android saw only 27 percent share. (Windows Phone saw a whopping 1 percent of activations, although to be fair, they'd not yet introduced Windows 8.1 when the activations were measured. Maybe that will help? Just a little? Maybe?)
Despite all this Android upsurge talk, iOS is, at least for now, seemingly winning in the enterprise.
What else did we learn?
Tablets are the most popular device for mobile app usage, with 81 percent of apps activated in Q3 on this form factor. (Tell that to my iPad 1! -- that thing runs like molasses!)
Document editing is the largest single commercial app category, capturing 56 percent of all activations. (I like to write in the cloud, so I can relate!)
Android smartphones have seen the greatest increase in Q3, at 27 percent, so the 'Droid's definitely gaining some steam.
Finally, the manufacturing industry alone saw a 32 percent increase share of iPad activations (Did those assembly-line robots learn how to use an iPad!? We're all gonna be out of a job soon!)
All kidding aside (well, most kidding), my own experience suggests that I get a lot more done on iOS than Android. Aside from my Model T iPad, I also have an iPod 5th gen and iPhone 4.
I've invested both time and money in the Apple iOS ecosystem, and though there are some things I don't like about it, I seem to like it a lot better than Android, if my own utilization is any indication.
I tried a couple of Android smartphones and didn't have much luck, and though I like the form factor of my HTC Android-based tablet, I just don't use it much.
Yes, Android probably has a gazillion more apps these days, but I don't need a gazillion, I need a handful.
I also got burned on the HTC tablet when that company announced I was going to be locked in at an earlier version of Android and would prevent any upgrades. Nothing ticks me off more than planned obsolescence!
My iPhone 4 runs a tad bit slower on the latest iOS, but hey, at least I could make the upgrade!
But when it comes right down to it, I guess I've committed to Apple over Android because of what I perceive to be the better user experience.
Good user interface design and UI have never been more important than in the world of mobile computing, and though Android is clearly gaining some ground, I don't know that I'll be making a switch to Do No Evil land anytime soon.
But then again, I might not be buying an iPhone 5c, either.
(For more on the mobile juggernaut, please check out my last post whereupon I interviewed IBM Fellow Jerry Cuomo on how Charles Darwin is alive and well in the rapidly changing mobile landscape.)