Google-powered Android phones are outselling Apple's iPhone, according to a report released Monday by Nielsen Co.
Among consumers who purchased a smart phone in the first half of 2010, 27% opted for Android phones, compared with 23% who bought an iPhone, according to the study.
The numbers add to the pile of evidence that Google's Android empire has become a serious threat to the iPhone. In May, NPD Group released a report noting that Android had outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2010.
The numbers in Nielsen's report do not include figures for July, the first full month that the iPhone 4 was on sale. So the report does not account for any sales surge from the new device's release, nor any subsequent effect on iPhone sales from the widely publicized problems with the device's antenna.