Apr 04 AT 2:20 PM Alberto Vildosola 25 Comments

comScore: Verizon iPhone does little to stop the Android juggernaut

comScore’s mobile report for the month of February has been released, and it seems to be good news for our green Android friend. Google’s mobile OS kept its neck-breaking growth through the month of February. Despite the launch of the Verizon iPhone, Android had no problem fighting the iPhone in the Droid’s own backyard — growing almost as much as it did the month before. Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Android now sits comfortably ahead of the competition, with a 35% market share. It grew 2% from the 33% share it had in January. With Android showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, I think we could see it reach the 40% mark in the coming months — ending the year with around half the U.S market. Something nobody could’ve predicted just two years ago, when the G1 was announced.

Far behind Android, Apple’s iOS kept chugging along through the month of February. Likely due to the Verizon iPhone’s launch, Apple’s market share rose 0.5% — going from 24.7% to 25.2%. However, the iPhone was only available for 19 of the 28 days of February. comScore’s next report should give us a better idea of the Verizon iPhone’s effect on the market. However, even then I doubt it will do much to stop Android’s momentum.

With Android on its way to world domination, somebody else had to be losing in a major way. The biggest loser of all was RIM’s Blackberry OS, which lost a whopping 1.5% market share — dropping from 30.4% down to 28.9%. If things don’t turn around quick for RIM, it’ll most likely fall behind the iPhone in a couple of months. Coming in on fourth place, is the once mighty Windows Mobile/Phone. Despite Windows Phone 7′s massive ad campaign and overhaul, Microsoft is having a hard time turning around the platform away from the precipice. WP7′s share shrank from 8% down to 7.7% during February. Nokia and Microsoft might want to hurry up with those WP7 phones or they could find themselves trying to revive a corpse next year. In last place, HP’s WebOS didn’t show any sign of life during February. The little OS that could keeps bleeding market share, going from 3.2% to 2.8%. I’d really hate to see such a beautiful OS like WebOS die, but I fear the platform won’t make it to next year.

Be on the lookout for comScore’s March report next month, expect more good news for our favorite mobile OS, steady growth for the iPhone, and very bad news for everybody else. The more I look at the graph above the more I feel like we’re getting ready for a PC-Mac war replica. With Android and iOS gobbling up everybody else. What do you guys think? Will the Verizon iPhone slow down Android? Will Android reach a 90% market share like Windows has? Let us know in the comments.

Source: comScore

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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    With in-app billing and if Google really gets this anti-fragmentation program working right so devs have an easier time developing I think Android will grow even faster.

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    For one, that proves that you don’t need to make something “perfect” to win the market share. The Apple fanboys always refer to the iPhone as being perfect. However, perfect is a subjective term. One man’s perfection is another man’s imperfection. Windows has never been a perfect OS, but it won the desktop war. Now, some people keep saying all the problems about Android (fragmentations, speed, battery life, etc), but the data has proved that most people don’t care.

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    I think that Apple’s slow market share growth despite the release of the Verizon iPhone could be attributed to many of Verizon’s customers waiting for the next iPhone rather than getting the iPhone 4, which will be largely outdated in a couple of months. I still don’t think it’s much of a threat to Google’s overall market share though. I, for one, welcome our new (and awesome) Google overlords :D

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    The most interesting thing I see from a business standpoint, is the Microsoft & Palm (HP) direction…it will take something spectacular for either to grab a piece of this pie (WM7 doesn’t look like it is going to do it)

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    Android might go as far as reaching about 50% market share, but I’m not very confident it will go much further. And honestly, I really wish it never goes beyond that. As much as I love Android, we should all know by now from history that monopoly stifles healthy competition and progress. I’d rather have Microsoft, RIM and Palm remain relevant enough so that they can pressure Android, just like Android has pressured Apple to provide many features, most notably multitasking.

    iOS sucks less thanks to Android, Android sucks less thanks to iOS, and I hope everyone else can bring their own contribution to the market before we fall into stagnation.

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