Research suggests BYOD shows little sign of retreat

Research suggests BYOD shows little sign of retreat

A number of analysts may and pundits may have you believe that the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is beginning to retreat, but the findings of a new study have suggested otherwise.

Research from Strategy Analytics found that business smartphones and tablets are predominantly used as part of a BYOD strategy, accounting for more than two-thirds of device shipments.

Smartphone shipments fell by three per cent in the second quarter of the year, but increased by 16 per cent on a year-over-year rate.

Android remained the most dominant mobile operating system for both smartphones and tablets during the second quarter, accounting for 65 per cent and 52 per cent respectively.

Apple devices made up for 28 per cent of business smartphone shipments and 38 per cent of business tablet shipments.

However, shipments of business tablets increased by two per cent during the same period.

Microsoft was the manufacturer with the largest share of business tablet shipments during the quarter with ten per cent, its first ever double-digit share of the market.

Phil Hochmuth, directory of mobile workforce strategies research at Strategy Analytics, said: "Going forward, we predict enterprises will continue to roll out tablets as laptop replacements for certain groups of employees, as well as for more single-purpose functions, such as kiosks and point-of-sale devices, which will be corporate owned.

"This will mean a slight shift away from the BYOD model of tablets to a more corporate-liable model, although the majority of smartphones and tablets in businesses will still be personal-liable in the near term."