iPhone, Android to Overtake BlackBerry in Enterprise this Year

According to research firm IDC, Android devices and the iPhone will overtake BlackBerry devices this year in the business world. The firm said that Android devices are more commonly being brought with employees to the office, while businesses are buying iPhones “in droves.” IDC tracks both corporate liable and employee liable smartphones, and has summarized both platform’s predicted sales numbers for each.

Android:

  • Employee-liable: 87.7 million
  • Corporate-liable: 15.1 million

iPhone

  • Employee-liable: 37.1 million
  • Corporate-liable: 31.1 million

These speculative numbers translate to Apple’s known reliability, both in the education sector and the workplace. Companies most likely see the iPhone as a flexible piece of hardware that will work for many scenarios, and are confident in it as a powerful mechanism of communication. The numbers also exemplify Android’s popularity as a cheaper alternative as Apple has sold a lot fewer Employee-liable handsets.

BlackBerry sold the most corporate-liable smartphone shipments last year with 22.4 million, but Apple is predicted to pass that number, with Android approaching it. Moreover, RIM’s expected numbers are expected to be far outpaced overall by Apple and Android by the end of the year. Although BlackBerry remains the “gold standard for security,” a smaller number of users and developers are interested in the platform which “hinders its viability going forward.”

[FierceWireless]

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RIM Releases BlackBerry “PlayBook” Tablet for Men in Suits

Research in Motion has just announced their contender into the tablet arena, dubbed the “PlayBook“. At this point, the specs are more impressive than the iPad’s in many areas – although it is not due to be released until early 2011, so Apple still has time to strike back. RIM seems to be pinning this tablet to the same executive market as their cell phones, as it features full BlackBerry enterprise integration and supports a wide array of connection standards (unlike the iPads proprietary dock connector), so it should be simple to plug directly into that projector to show off pie graphs and upward-sloping lines. In fact, RIM calls it the first “Professional Tablet”, so it’s clear that they are not going after Apple’s primary user-base.

Most notably, the device features dual HD cameras, which can record in 1080p, a full gigabyte of RAM (thats 4x more than the iPad), and a dual core processor (2x more than the iPad, for those of you majorly bad with numbers). That should allow for some serious multitasking and gives it enough oomph for 1080p video playback. Another step-up over the iPad is Flash support, but since no one has been able to get their hands on it, it’s unknown how well it will preform.

The operating system’s user interface looks quite nice in the product demo video (a welcome change from the 90s-era UI on BlackBerry OS). If it lives up to RIM’s promises, the PlayBook should be decent competition for the iPad, especially in the workplace.

It’s also surprising how much smaller it is than the iPad, which could be good or bad – depending on your stance on the matter. For a visual comparison, check out Engadget’s gallery.

Read on for the full spec sheet, courtesy of Playbook Fans.

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