Although iOS devices like Apple’s iPad and iPhone remain the most popular and ubiquitous of mobile devices among doctors and other medical professionals, mHealth is a two-way street. That is, mHealth works optimally when both patient and provider are connected in a seamless, efficient manner on their favorite devices.
Consequently, it’s vitally important to recognize an unmistakable truth in modern mobile – Android is surging ahead of iOS, most recently in the realm of tablet computers.
This year is expected to be a watershed for the tablet installed base, ABI reported this week, with active Android devices surpassing iOS for the first time.
“Tablet hardware sales from branded OEMs are likely to top US$85 billion this year,” explains senior practice director Jeff Orr. “We have yet to reach the top of the tablet market and with many world regions just now starting to adopt, the best is yet to come.”
Despite the aforementioned shifts in the tablet market, Apple’s iPad is expected to remain the leading OEM brand in 2014. But mHealth service providers that overlook Android, may do so at their own ultimate peril.