Research in Motion’s BlackBerry will be outgunned by Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android for the first time ever in the enterprise device market in 2012 states research firm IDC. Also Read - This Android smartphone comes with a massive 13,200mAh battery
IDC states that iPhones are being bought in multiple numbers by businesses and Android phones are also preferred by workers with many owning devices based on the OS. IDC has tracked smartphones that are bought by the employees (employee liable) and the businesses (corporate liable) too. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
IDC predicts that employee liable Android device shipments will reach 87.7 million and corporate liable Android shipments will reach 15 million units this year.
Apple will ship 37.1 million iPhones to workers who will get them to their office and 31.1 million iPhones will be sold directly to the companies and these figures stretch much further than RIM’s expected haul.
BlackBerry led in corporate liable shipments of smartphones in 2011 with 22.4 million units. BlackBerry is still the gold standard for security but the drop in consumer and developer interest is an obstacle for their future plans of further expansion.
RIM is not laying down as its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) will support legacy Blackberry devices as well as other gadgets that depend on its yet-to-be-launched BlackBerry 10 platform.
BES 10 will also use RIM’s Mobile Fusion software, which gives users mobile device management support for running Apple’s iOS and Android platforms along with BlackBerry devices.
RIM hopes to bounce back with the launch of BlackBerry 10 early next year as more than 50 carriers are testing the platform after it received security certification from the US government.