Android’s tablet enterprise credentials have received another boost after research found that all the top corporate applications available for the iPad can also be downloaded on Google's platform.
Data from Canalys compared the 50 top free and 50 top paid applications [PDF] available on the Apple store for tablets with those on Android. While many consumer-oriented applications, mostly games, were found to be missing from, or not-optimised for, Android, the top enterprise tools were all there.
From the top 50 these were Skype, Adobe Reader, Dropbox, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Quickoffice Pro. Not only are these all available on Android tablets and iPads, but they are all optimised for tablets too, rather than just ported versions from smartphones.
Google’s own tools, Gmail, Drive, Chrome and YouTube, are all fully available on both platforms, as you would expect. By the same measure, the notable absentees from the Android list were Apple’s own apps such as iTunes, iBooks and Pages.
While Android is marketed more for consumer devices it has, under the bring your own device trend, found itself increasing in use among businesses of all sizes, and the Canalys list of available applications is no doubt a boon to the firm.
Canalys analyst Tim Shepherd said it was notable that so many enterprise-focused apps were on Android, explaining there were two reasons for this trend.
“Firstly, apps like Skype, Dropbox and the rest are inherently social in use, so for developers at theses firms the more people that can use them the better to make them more popular,” he said.
“Secondly, it is easier to make dedicated versions of these types of apps for different platforms compared to games were there are complex art assets that have to be reworked.”
V3 contacted Google for comment on the data but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Google has been growing its enterprise credentials over a number of years, with a range of products upgraded from its consumer offerings like Gmail and Drive. This has seen it win some notable deals, such as with education firm Pearson, over rivals like Microsoft.
Google has also unveiled devices such as the Chromebook Pixel running on its Chrome operating system that it hopes will entice corporate buyers.
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