The U.S. figures for February were recently released by comScore, one of the leaders in measuring the digital world. Verizon Wireless launched the IPhone on February 10th and Google’s Android continued to roll over the competition even though everyone and their brother thought the marriage of Verizon and Apple would be huge.
According to comScore there were 69.5 million smartphone owners in the U.S. during the three months ending February 2011. That is up 13 percent from the proceeding three-month period. Android’s market share grew 7.0 percent since November 2010 to bring its total market share to 33.0 percent. RIM came in second with a 28.9 percent share followed by Apple with 25.2 percent. Microsoft was 7.7 percent and Palm finished at 2.8 percent. Although RIM is in second place, their market share dropped 4.6% since November 2010. This is not a good trend for RIM.
Apple’s market share increased by a measly .20 percent and you would expect that the Verizon launch of the IPhone would have given Apple a bigger boost. Interestingly enough, Verizon stated that the IPhone was their biggest launch ever, and according to comScore, the Verizon IPhone was the most acquired handset for the month of February. Unfortunately I think it is too soon for Android fans to start celebrating because there is a long way to go.