Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are on the upswing, with many organizations embracing them for the perceived cost savings and productivity gains. Allowing employees to bring and use their own devices for work purposes generally means that they are more comfortable and efficient at using them. It also saves businesses from purchasing and replacing devices as technology progresses.
BYOD policies aren’t exactly a win-win situation for enterprises, as these benefits come with a range of security complications. One of the biggest questions is which operating system is better, Android or iOS?
Despite Android dominating the rest of the market, in a 2015 survey (the latest reliable data) iOS dominated the enterprise scene with 66% of devices. Although there aren’t any more recent figures that can be trusted, Android’s security issues over the last few years may have acted as a deterrent for uptake in the business environment.
Android is open source in nature, while iOS is closed source. While there are benefits to each of these approaches, Android’s nature has seen it develop more significant security issues than its rival OS.
Another key issue that Android faces is its fragmentation across the market. Six months out from its release, Android’s latest version, Nougat, has seen little more than a 1% adoption rate. About 31% of users are still using the previous version, Marshmallow, while about the same number again are using the version before that, Lollipop. iOS 10 was released at a similar time, however it is already used on 76% of devices.
This is largely due to Android being used across devices from a wide range of manufacturers, including many budget models. Each manufacturer can add their own software to their Android devices, which results in security complications that Apple doesn’t have to deal with. Apple only has to worry about its own devices, which makes it much easier to deploy the latest versions of their operating system.
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