Enterprise Mobile Market: There used to be a time when BlackBerry was top dog in the enterprise market. However, things are changing with each passing day. Now, it appears that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) are making major progress in this area.
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At this time, the Pentagon relies on more than 600,000 mobile devices. Believe it or not, roughly 470,000 are BlackBerry with 41,000 Apple and 8,700 Android.
However, a change is on the horizon now that the department has opened its networks to Apple and Google smartphones.
According a recent report by USA Today, the Pentagon has announced a “commercial mobile device implementation plan” that would give Apple and Android devices access to its communications networks.
Of course, a change like this cannot happen overnight. Instead, the Pentagon is planning for everything to be in place by February 2014.
Here is what Teri Takai, the department’s chief information officer, had to say:
“As today’s DoD personnel increasingly rely on mobile technology as a key capability enabler for joint force combat operations, the application of mobile technology into global operations, integration of secure and non-secure communications, and development of portable, cloud-enabled capability will dramatically increase the number of people able to collaborate and share information rapidly.”
With all this in mind, BlackBerry is not conceding the Pentagon business just yet. The company hopes that its newest devices, the Q10 and Z10, will be able to help regain market share.
This is a big step for both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), while BlackBerry is sure to be disappointed. After all, the former king of the market has lost several contracts over the past few months including the likes of Home Depot.
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