For the longest time, BlackBerry ruled the enterprise world. They still do for the most part. But before, they ruled without any real competition. The introduction of the iPhone cut into that some, and the same with the wildfire that is Android. BlackBerry's piece of the corporate pie has been reduced dramatically, and a lot of corporations are migrating from the BlackBerry platform to more modern mobile platforms for their internal form of communication.
Android, with the collaboration of certain device manufacturers, is focusing more and more on enterprise solutions, mainly email and calendar. LG and VMware, however, are taking it to a new level with virtualization. This means consolidating your work and personal device into one and eliminating the need for two or more devices to get your gaming and Facebook fix while not having to worry about IT blocks, etc. Virtualization allows you to have all of your personal data and work information on one device but still completely separated. The corporate information and applications would be secured and controllable by the company's IT department, while you can still access your personal information with the flip of a virtual switch.
This is huge news for Android as a platform and should be well received by companies. At the very end of the virtualization train, employees are the ones that will affected by this the most. While some users may love the idea, not everyone wants their personal device to be intruded upon by work, even if there is separation. They want two physically separate devices so they can totally part themselves from work on the weekends. If not, they would be switching over and checking their work email on Sunday evening. Trust me, I know how it goes.
The beauty of it though, is that businesses will always have the option to implement enterprise support however they please. Things like this should have RIM's and Apple's enterprise solutions teams shaking in their boots, because I'm sure this is only the beginning to some amazing things to come from Android. I'm sure we'll see specialized NFC support for clocking into work, opening secured doors, etc. eventually. The question is, who can do it first and who can implement it the best?
What say you guys and gals? Does Android, with virtualization support, have a chance to steal the “Enterprise King” title from RIM? If so, I guess LG and VMware could claim to be the sole reason for Android's enterprise success (sorry Verizon).