Google Android is almost twice as popular as the Apple iPhone according to a recent poll of smartphone operating systems, which startlingly could have seen most responses from users with iPhones.

The results of the survey by Techworld's sister publication PC Advisor showed a massive 49% siding with Android, compared to only 26% for Apple iOS.

Windows Phone was not far behind with 17% of the vote. This is particularly interesting as, according to a recent Kantar ComTech survey, Windows Phone accounts for only 2.5% of the current smartphone market, while Apple's iOS holds 28.7% and Android 48.5%.

RIM, the Canadian company that is taking a kicking from all angles, won't be comforted by the fact that only 6% still has faith in its current offerings. This is another intriguing outcome from the poll, since BlackBerry makes up 17.1% of the UK smartphone market at present.

The remaining 2% of the poll went to the category 'other', which must be the final nail in the coffin for Nokia's tragically unloved Symbian platform.

Surprisingly, however, the publication announced that nine times as many readers access their website using an iPhone than using an Android device, the site's second most popular operating system. This suggests that Android is now a more desirable platform, even among iOS users, and that it should pull further away from Apple's iOS platform.

The same can be said for Windows Phones, whose users visit PC Advisor in insignificant numbers when compared to Android and Apple smartphone users. Yet, in the poll, Windows Phone performed well. This suggests current Windows Phone users are extremely satisfied with their smartphone's operating system, and those who are not using a Windows Phone at present plan to do so in the near future.