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Demand for Android smartphones surges

Apple iPhone dips, but still most popular handset

Bad news for Microsoft

The only mobile OS makers that Carton would say are in real trouble from Android's new popularity were Palm and Microsoft.

"This puts a lot of pressure on the Palm Pre," he said, noting that the Pre didn't have enough time to solidify its place in the smartphone market before Android handsets became the newest and latest rage.

"And Windows Mobile - those are the [operating systems] that have to worry about Android's numbers, they're the ones that have to strike back somehow, not Apple or RIM. It's hard to bet against those two."

Consumers who own an Android-powered smartphone are almost as satisfied with their purchases as are iPhone owners, who have been historically extremely happy with their hardware.

Satisfaction levels

Of the people who told ChangeWave they had an Android handset, 72 percent said they were 'very satisfied', 77 percent of those who reported they own an iPhone answered the same way.

By comparison, only 41 percent of the people who own a BlackBerry said they were very satisfied, and just 25 percent of Windows Mobile-equipped smartphone owners rated their satisfaction using that phrase.

While he acknowledged the buzz around the expected announcement of a Google-branded smartphone, Carton argued that it was unlikely that the Nexus One would kill sales of other Android smartphones.

Reports have pegged T-Mobile as the likely carrier partner for Google's own smartphone. "Look at Google's move not in the short term," Carton said. "But for three or four years from now."

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