Since Apple introduced its Mobile Device Management (MDM) protocol for managing devices in 2010, the iPhone has been the de facto standard in smartphones for businesses in all industries. The company held that position for a decade by providing a wealth of management capabilities, numerous ways to protect corporate conversations and data, the ability to separate personal and business content, and a way of monitoring to ensure that all communication devices Apple are used for business meets corporate requirements.
Meanwhile, Android devices were treated as pariahs in many organizations. For the past decade, there has been a good reason for it, but it is time for a reassessment. For example, there is now the Android Enterprise Initiative, offering APIs and other tools for developers to integrate Android support into their enterprise mobility management (EMM) systems.
Let’s see how the Android platform has caught up with iOS and how the two compare in general.
Fragmentation: not the Achilles heel it used to be for Android
For consumers, an advantage of Android is that they have hundreds of devices to choose from at any price. The variety of features varies to a remarkable degree, and Android devices can be customized in many ways.