ComScore: Verizon iPhone was top phone in Feb.

The launch of the iPhone on Verizon earlier this year made it one of the top sellers, according to data firm ComScore. But Google's Android pulled in huge gains too.

The Verizon iPhone was the hottest phone in February, according to ComScore.
The Verizon iPhone was the hottest phone in February, according to ComScore. Bonnie Cha/CNET

A new report from analyst ComScore says that the Verizon iPhone was the "most acquired" handset during the month of February.

ComScore's sampling, which consisted of more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers, notes that the surge of handset buyers responding to the phone's launch earlier this year helped give Apple the strongest gain of market share in the OEM category. That gain amounts to an additional 0.9 percent between November 2010 and the end of February 2011.

Nonetheless, Apple remains below competitors at 7.5 percent overall in terms of OEM market share. Leading the way is Samsung at 24.8 percent, followed by LG at 20.9 percent, Motorola at 16.1 percent, and Research in Motion at 8.6 percent.

Breaking down the platforms running on those devices, ComScore has Google's Android topping the charts at 33 percent, growing an impressive 7 percent in that three-month period. Google is trailed by RIM at 28.9 percent, which ComScore says dropped 4.6 percent. Coming in at third place is Apple at 25.2 percent, gaining 0.2 percent. Both Microsoft and Palm saw drops of just more than 1 percent, bringing Microsoft down to 7.7 percent and Palm at 2.8 percent.

One other tidbit from the report notes that users are increasingly accessing social-networking sites, downloading apps, and using their phones' Web browsers, with gains in all three of those categories topping 3 percent. The firm also says that 68.8 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers text message with their phones, which was up just 1.7 percent compared to November's numbers.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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