Android mobile phones have become the second most-popular devices for work, replacing BlackBerry phones from Research in Motion (RIM).

Apple iPhone handsets remain in the top spot, as more than half (53 per cent) of smartphones for business run iOS operating systems, the iPass Mobile Workforce Report shows.

Google’s software now powers 34 per cent of this market – a dramatic 13 percentage point increase on 2011 results.

Although they are widely associated with business optimisation, BlackBerrys are now only used by around one-quarter of workers, down from almost a third last year.

RIM’s newest operating system BlackBerry 10 (BB10) will be released on January 30th, and the software again seems to be targeted towards business users.

One of the main benefits for these owners will be BlackBerry Balance, which keeps work and personal mobile phone profiles separate to ensure the protection of sensitive information.

The BlackBerry Hub allows users to easily see all notifications, such as email messages and meeting reminders, in one place.

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