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Smartphones will be used by 2.4bn employees by 2017

BYOD will continue to grow at a growth rate of 17%; Android is the dominant leader in the enterprise smartphone scenario

BYOD will continue to grow at a growth rate of 17%; Android is the dominant leader in the enterprise smartphone scenario.
BYOD will continue to grow at a growth rate of 17%; Android is the dominant leader in the enterprise smartphone scenario.

By 2017, 2.4 billion employees will be using smartphones in the office. This is a growth rate of nearly 17% and works out to nearly three times more smartphones used by employees today.

ABI Research's enterprise practice director Dan Shey said: "Billions not millions is the size of the BYOD smartphone market. Mobility suppliers and enterprises need to think in terms of serving all employees with tools, apps, and services via their smartphones instead of only mobile employees or corporate liable employees."

Android is the dominant leader among the global workforce today and this is expected to continue growing to 56% in 2017. Things however might not remain like this for too long, depending on the success of Windows phone and BlackBerry's BB10 smartphones.

"The question is will new smartphones from Microsoft and RIM put more power in the hands of the enterprise concerning employee mobile device use, particularly for accessing corporate resources?  Such change would directly impact enterprise device market share," concluded Shey.