Android maintains market share lead in February while Verizon iPhone 4 was the most acquired phoneAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Ready for your monthly update on smartphone platform market share? comScore just released some fresh numbers and, although the final standings haven't changed much from last month, there's still some interesting info to be found. As usual, Android finished February 2011 with a market share of 33 percent, up from 26 percent in November. BlackBerry continued its tumble, falling 4.6 percent before settling at 28.9 percent at the end of Feb. In third place is iOS, growing 0.2 to finish at 25.2 percent, only 3.7 percent behind second place. Finally, Microsoft and Palm claimed 7.7 and 2.8 percent market share, respectively.
As far as manufacturers go, Samsung finished in the top spot again with 24.8 percent market share, while LG isn't far behind with 20.9 percent. Motorola is in third with 16.9 percent, RIM took fourth place with 8.6 percent, and Apple finished in fifth with 7.5 percent. Apple did manage to see the most growth since November, though, thanks to the fact that the Verizon iPhone 4 was the most acquired handset during February.
It's pretty interesting to learn that the VeriPhone, which was essentially eight months old when it was launched, managed to outsell all other phones in February. That trend may not have continued into March, however, as one analyst recently claimed that the ThunderBolt outsold the iPhone at many Verizon stores. Much of the remainder of the report is the same as it's been in the past few months, although if these trends continue next month, expect to see BlackBerry and iOS trade places as RIM's OS continues to lose market share at a rapid pace.