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Android phones are the most popular smartphone research shows

Android phones have edged out the iPhone to become the most popular smartphone in the UK, according to research.

Some 28 per cent of smartphone users own an Android, with 26 per cent using an iPhone and 14 per cent a BlackBerry, the study for digital banking provider Intelligent Environments found.

More than four million British people over 18-years-old own an Android - and it is popular with both young professionals and older people.

More than a third (36 per cent) of 25-34 year old smartphone owners use an Android phone, and a quarter (25 per cent) of retired people who own a smartphone use an Android phone.

Android users are most likely to spend time mapping and planning travel – 34 per cent rate this in the top three "apps" they spend the most time using, compared with BlackBerry and Apple (both 28 per cent).

iPhone customers are the heaviest smartphone users – 18 per cent spend more than four hours on their phone each day, compared with just four per cent of Android and BlackBerry users.

Some 63 per cent of iPhone users rank social networking and 48 per cent games in their top three apps.

Nearly one fifth (18 per cent) admit that their main bank account is always overdrawn, compared with an average 12 per cent of all Britons.

More than a fifth of BlackBerry users (23 per cent) do not use apps at all.

They are least likely to be always overdrawn - only 13 per cent are in that situation, compared with Android (14 per cent) and Apple (18 per cent), and almost half of BlackBerry users (49 per cent) never go into the red.

They are most likely to be high earners: one in 10 (10 per cent) earn £50,000 or more per year, compared with one in 15 (seven per cent) iPhone users and one in 20 (five per cent) Android users.

James Richards, director of mobile at Intelligent Environments, said: "The top three mobile platforms in the UK certainly seem to attract different personalities.

"It's fair to say that iPhone and BlackBerry have strong identities but given that Android is on a number of handsets, we are clearly seeing more of a mixed user base.

"Perhaps we will see the telecoms industry of the future tailoring their apps and services further to suit the variety of demands being placed on the mobile."

- YouGov Plc polled 2,001 adults, online, between March 18 and 21.

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