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Report: Android Tablets Surpassing iPads in Businesses

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Android finally seeing some traction in the tablet space.

Android finally seeing some traction in the tablet space.Android finally seeing some traction in the tablet space.

Android could finally see some traction in the tablet space as market researchers have found that corporate buyers are planning to buy more Android tablets than iPads over the next 12 months.

Summarizing the results of a survey conducted by Strategy Analytics among 1,750 organizations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, China, India and Brazil, analysts said that the trend is a "warning shot over the bow" for the iPad and its current business tablet dominance. There was no indication that Microsoft could be expecting significant adoption rates.

"Microsoft Windows mobile devices barely show on the radar for corporate support and purchase plans," Strategy Analytics said. "Microsoft and its partners must start addressing businesses and mobile worker needs."

Research in Motion still has a solid user base, but the market research firm said that the average replacement cycle for business smartphones has shortened to just 1.1 years, which makes it critical for the company to offer compelling devices and survive a stronger BYOD trend.

According to the Strategy Analytics survey, nearly all smartphones and tablets are corporate-liable devices, including BYOD smartphones. Companies also reimburse their employees for smartphone use at least for part of the cost at about $42 per month on average, per the report.