Apple's iOS tops Android in-flight, among businesses, but American Airlines buys 17,000 Samsung Galaxy devices

New data shows Apple's iPad and iPhone are most popular choice for flyers and businesses

New research has found that Apple's iPad and iPhone are more popular than Android smartphones and tablets for in-flight use and among businesses, but American Airlines has opted to give its 17,000 flight attendants Samsung Galaxy Notes rather than iOS devices.

In a blog post on Thursday, Gogo Air, which provides an in-flight network for much of the US, revealed that 67 per cent of the devices used to connect to Gogo are tablets and smartphones, with 84 per cent of all mobile devices connecting to the network running Apple's iOS.

A total of 73 per cent of the smartphones connecting to Gogo are iPhones, while Android accounts for 26 per cent and Blackberry and Windows-based devices contributing less than one per cent each to the network's traffic.

You can see Gogo's full infographic here.

Separate data from cloud-storage company Egnyte, which sells online storage, file sharing and other cloud-based services, has revealed that Apple's iPhone and iPad are the most popular devices among businesses.

Egnyte's research tracked 100,000 of its customers to determine which mobile devices are most popular among all sizes of business, and found that iOS has extended its lead over Android in the enterprise, with the iPhone grabbing a 48 per cent share in the first quarter of 2013, the iPad 30 per cent, and 22 per cent for Android tablets and phones combined.

"Apple seems to have at least temporarily won the hearts and minds of business users with its products accounting for about 70 per cent of our traffic," Egnyte told TechCrunch.

"While initially iPads dominated our use, iPhones have taken over," Egnyte continued. "2011 use showed the iPad accounting for 40 per cent of our usage, in 2012 iPhones are now 42 per cent of usage, and Android has remained consistent at about 30 per cent of use."

Egnyte noted that iOS's growing popularity among businesses represents a "flip-flop from days of old, where Apple products were rarely seen in the corporate landscape."

Despite this, American Airlines has chosen Android over iOS for its devices of choice. Business Insider reports that the company owns a total of 33,000 tablets, with 23,000 of those made by Samsung.

In autumn, American Airlines purchased 17,000 Galaxy Note 'phablets' to give to each flight attendant to enable them to have access to flight and customer information.

American Airlines has already equipped its pilots with 10,000 iPads for use in the cockpit, but the company went with the Galaxy Note because Samsung offers business customers a Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE) security and management program for its Galaxy devices.

American Airlines' Managing Director of Operations Technology, Lisa Canada, said: "We chose Samsung devices for select workgroups after months of testing different devices and gathering employee feedback. We felt that Samsung's tablets were best suited to our enterprise environment, plus we were able to make customisations to fit our needs."

"SAFE provides additional administrative features which facilitates our development and device management," she added.

See also:

iPad, iPhone demand weakening, but two new iPad mini models could launch this year, says analyst

Apple's Phil Schiller makes dig at Android security on Twitter: 'Be safe out there'

iPhone 6 rumours: Apple, Samsung to launch smartphones with wireless charging this year?

Samsung Galaxy S4: What to expect and what really matters

Slow but steady: How the iPhone is changing the phone industry

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