But that all changed this month, with analyst firm Telsyte claiming ANdroid has scooped 44 per cent of the Australian smartphone market, pipping Apple's 43 per cent.
When combined, the two platforms account for over 10 million handsets in Australia, used for both personal and business use.
A rapid rise
This change in rankings is especially noteworthy given that just two years ago in 2010, Android accounted for just six per cent, compared to Apple's 39 per cent.
With an army of handsets across a range of price points, Android was always going to overtake iOS at some point.
"Our new research shows that the lower prices, faster product cycles and carrier support has helped Android become the leading platform," says Foad Fadaghi from Telsyte.
And if it can, whether Microsoft or RIM is capable of stepping up to the task.
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