Android devices are now the most preferred choice among people shopping for a smartphone, according to a Nielsen survey released today.
Google’s phone platform is the preference of 31 percent of U.S. consumers shopping for a smartphone. Or at least it was when the surveys were done between January and March.
Apple’s iOS was the preference of 30 percent of those surveyed. Another 11 percent are interested in RIM BlackBerry devices and 20 percent are unsure of what to choose next.
That’s changed from surveys last summer, when Apple was the clear choice, Nielsen said in a blog posting today. Surveys done from July to September found 33 percent of smartphone buyers wanted an iPhone and 26 percent and 13 percent wanted a BlackBerry.
Poor Microsoft. Just 6 percent of buyers are interested in Windows smartphones. Their interest has actually fallen since the Windows Phone 7 launch last October, before which 7 percent were intrigued by the platform.
A few charts from Nielsen’s release: