Android Gaining on iPhone OS’ Popularity

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google mobile_smallADOTAS – I can hear the heads of loyal iPhone users shaking across the country — All this hype over one little handset? Just ’cause it’s made by Google? It’s not going to be the iPhone killer, gosh!

Nexus One may not single-handedly slay iPhone, but Google’s Android 2.0 operating system has certainly turned a lot of heads since the release of Motorola’s Droid loaded with version 2.0, according to a new survey by ChangeWave.

Responses from 6,048 polled showed that 21% planning to buy a smartphone said they would prefer it to have an Android operating system, a 15-point jump from ChangeWave’s previous survey in September. Four percent of respondents are currently using Android, a 3 point improvement since September.

Motorola and HTC, which make or are introducing handsets featuring Android, have both seen impressive increases in future buying. Motorola witnessed a 12-point jump to 13% of future buyers, while HTC saw its future buyers increase from 5% to 9.

But I wouldn’t go heralding Android as the great mobile conqueror just yet. Though it slipped four points from September, iPhone OS X was still the most popular choice for 28% of potential smartphone buyers.

Smartphones with Research in Motion’s operating system continues to be the most widely used, down a point to 39%, followed by Apple OS X at 31%, which was up a point.

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