Android Taking Wind Out Of iPhone's Sails

Just in time for Google to unveil its own Nexus One smartphone, ChangeWave Research reports the public is more excited than ever to buy an Android based handset - at the expense of Apple, Microsoft and Palm.

ChangeWave surveyed 4068 consumers in the first weeks of December and found that 21 per cent of people looking to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days want to buy one running on Android. That's up from 6 per cent when ChangeWave asked people in September.

Considering Verizon is spending tens of millions marketing the Droid, this shouldn't come as a shock. Google is a popular brand unto itself, so it makes sense that people are excited about its smartphones.

Apple remains the smartphone of choice for now, with 28 per cent of the people saying they will buy an iPhone. The BlackBerry falls to third place with 18 per cent - but interest in BlackBerry devices actually perked up. Meanwhile, Palm needs big help.

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