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Report: One-fifth of smart phone buyers want Android

Dave Caolo , @davidcaolo
Those incessant Droid ads are working, as consumer interest is climbing.

Last December, ChangeWave Research conducted a study to determine what kinds of smartphones shoppers want. As in previous surveys, the iPhone topped the list. However, 21% of the 4,068 consumers who stated their intention to buy a smartphone within 90 days said they wanted the Android OS -- a 15-point jump from the last poll taken in September. Just 3 months ago, Android was tied for last place in consumer preference.

Even though Apple's share of those planned purchases is down 4%, it's still positioned to do extremely well. In ChangeWave's research, the dropoff in sales following the introduction of the 3GS (12 points) is a big improvement when compared to the post-3G introduction drop (26 points).

The competition is getting intense and you know what that means: better products for us as the manufacturers try to outdo each other! May the best gadget win!

[Via Electronista]

For six years, Dave worked as the IT Director of a Mac-friendly, residential school in rural Massachusetts and has been writing for the Web professionally since 2001. Today, Dave is an editor at TUAW where he's blogged since 2004. He's also the author of two books from FT Press: Using Your iPad as a Business Productivity Tool and Using Your iPhone as a Business Productivity Tool.

Dave believes that technology has the power to improve our life at its most important moments, and explores that conviction every day. 

A native of Scranton, Pa (Yes, just like on The Office), Dave moved to Cape Cod, Ma in 1994. When he's not writing, Dave can be found kayaking, rooting for the Boston Red Sox and spending time with his wife, two kids and Boston Terrier, Batgirl.