Many Android owners plan exodus to the iPhone (survey)

A survey suggests that Android owners are 2.4 times more likely to switch to the iPhone than vice versa, which could mean that the iPhone 5 could encourage be big switch over to iOS.

An online survey of 600 smartphone owners by research firm Ask Your Target Market (AYTM) suggests that a significant number of Android owners are planning to jump ship and buy an iPhone over the next 6 months.

Of the 40 percent that admitted to owning an Android, 22 percent said they were going to make the switch to the iPhone within the next 6 months, while 73 percent were going to buy a new Android handset.

iPhone users it seems are a lot more loyal. Of the 23 percent that owned up to owning an iPhone, only 9 percent said they were planning to defect to Android, while 87 percent were going to buy another iPhone during the next 6 months.

Overall, Android owners are 2.4 times more likely to switch to the iPhone than vice versa.

The findings of this survey tie in well with a larger survey carried out by Techbargains, the results of which were published earlier this month .

Buried in the data is bad news for Microsoft and RIM. Data from the survey suggests that neither company is going to do well over the next six months, with RIM's BlackBerry platform feeling the biggest squeeze. Based on the data it seems like the mobile platform race continues to be dominated by two players -- Android and iOS.

For those who like to dig through the raw data, AYTM has published it here.

Earlier this week Apple revealed that it had sold 5 million iPhone 5 handsets during the first three days of them being available , and some analysts suggested that this figure could have been higher had the company not suffered from screen shortages .

Image source: AYTM.