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Android Is Now Number One

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Look down at your smartphone. Judging from a recent survey, you're more likely staring at a friendly green robot than a variety of fruit -- half-eaten or in bunches.

According to the latest study by the Nielsen Company, Android is the most popular mobile platform in the US, having now overtaken BlackBerry to be number one. In a survey of 14,701 Americans, 29% own a device running Google's OS. BlackBerry dropped down to a 27% share where it now runs even with Apple's slice. Grouping Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 devices together, Microsoft claims 10% of smartphone users. And while it's much more popular abroad, Nokia and its burning platform hold a minuscule 2% in the states.

Looking at the graph, Apple and Research in Motion still dominate purely as manufacturers, but HTC -- with its Android and Windows devices -- is also a formidable opponent.

Nielsen also broke down the age groups of smartphone users -- where Android leads among users aged 18-24 with 6% versus BlackBerry and iPhone, each with 4%. Otherwise, the age groups were fairly evenly split. As expected, BlackBerry skews toward an older crowd more than Android and iPhone devices, but not nearly as much as Palm and Symbian -- both of which aren't exactly hits with the college crowd.

As more Android devices are released, Apple holds steady with its iPhone line, and BlackBerry fails to innovate, it seems as if the current standings won't be changing for a while.

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