Google's Android operating system continues to go from strength to strength, according to the latest survey from research firm ChangeWave.
Some 37 per cent of 4,000 respondents intending to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days will choose an Android device, the survey found.
ChangeWave said that it has seen huge leaps forward for Android in four of the past five surveys.
"All told, it's a six-fold increase in consumer preference for the Google OS in a year's time," said Paul Carton, vice president of research at ChangeWave.
Apple's iOS is still the most preferred operating system for consumers, but only just. Around 38 per cent of respondents are likely to opt for an iPhone.
The results show a dramatic rise in popularity for Android since ChangeWave's September 2009 survey, when just six per cent said that they would choose a Google OS phone.
Research in Motion remains in third place, up a single point to six per cent, largely on the back of the BlackBerry Torch smartphone.
Demand for Windows Mobile dropped to just one per cent, a position that Microsoft will be looking to boost with the launch of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, rumoured to be this month.
The ChangeWave survey also looked at customer satisfaction rates based on mobile operating systems.
Apple's iOS continued to lead the way, with 74 per cent of iPhone users reporting that they are "very satisfied", followed by 65 per cent saying the same about Android.
Google's OS looks on course to topple iOS as the smartphone platform of choice, and will even challenge Symbian for overall mobile phone market share by 2014, according to figures from Gartner.
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