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Android, Not iPhone, Most Wanted Among Buyers

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As if a lawsuit wasn't enough, Apple must face another bitter pill: Fewer people actually want an iPhone.

According to a recent study by the Nielsen Company, Android has unseated the iPhone as the most wanted smartphone brand in the country. Last month, 31% of people interviewed said they want their next to device to bear the Android OS -- compared to the 30% who wanted an iPhone.

Since last September, the number of people who wanted an iPhone fell three percentage points from roughly a third surveyed. Android, however, jumped 7% -- even in the wake of the Verizon iPhone's debut. But considering the number of high-profile Android products hitting the market -- such as the HTC Thunderbolt -- the iPhone is no longer the be-all and end-all of latest gadgetry, although it does retain the devout devotees.

But as Android and the iPhone play leapfrog, their competitors try to stay above the surface of the wake.

Interest in the BlackBerry continued to fall, dropping from 13% to 11%. Windows Phone 7 wavered a tad and dropped a percentage point to 6%. Meanwhile, Palm and Symbian barely register on anyone's radar with 1% and a fraction.

The existing smartphone market share shows Google with a very strong lead with 37%, followed by Apple at 27% and Research in Motion at 22%.

And that can be attributed to the massive wave of sales Android has enjoyed in recent months.

Commanding half of all smartphone sales in the last six months, Android devices dominated the market. Apple made up a quarter of all sales, BlackBerry 15%, Windows Phones 7%, and Palm and Symbian barely on the consumers' radar.

Despite Android's rampant popularity, GigaOM's Ryan Kim notes that Apple is still the world's largest phone vendor by revenue and iOS is the dominant mobile platform when considering iPads and iPhone Touches.

However, it may be only a matter of time before Android's fleet of mobile devices overtakes that as well.

(See also: Apple's iPhone Tracking Now a Legal Matter and iPhone, Android Privacy Outdone by Windows Phones)

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