Android: Great for the Enterprise?
Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 06, 2009
At this year’s Cebit, Reinhard Clemens, CEO of Deutsche Telekom’s large businesses division T-Systems, apparently criticised Windows Mobile — while giving thumbs up to rival Android software for mobile phones.
The comments are interesting, as they seem to shed new light on the future of Android as software for corporate users vs. only consumers. They also may indicate that more of Microsoft’s corporate supporters are starting to look elsewhere, to alternative software and devices like the iPhone, which also offers access to corporate e-mail.
The comments seem to imply that Android, the software for mobile phones developed by a consortium of companies including Google, can meet the strict standards of corporate users. That’s somewhat unexpected. Android was initially developed for consumers. It was expected to support cool applications like games and social networking. But really, there’s no reason why Android can’t offer robust corporate e-mail access, or to allow users to leaf through presentations as well as Windows Mobile or the iPhone’s software.
As more Android-based phones come out in the next few months, Android could become more of a threat to BlackBerry maker Research In Motion and to the iPhone, also aggressively pushing into the corporate market. By the way, consultant Informa Telecom & Media just issued a forecast predicting that sales of Android-based devices will surpass those of the iPhone by 2012. Perhaps corporate buyers will be a part of this stampede.