Google (GOOG) continues to surge past the pack in the highly competitive smartphone market. Phones based on Google Android accounted for 33% of the U.S. smart phone market as of the end of February, according to new data from ComScore, up from 26% three months earlier. Apple’s (AAPL) market share inched up to 25.2%, from 25%. Research In Motion (RIMM) has 28.9%, down from 33.5%. Microsoft (MSFT) had 7.7% share, down from 9%, while HP’s (HPQ) Palm unit fell to 2.8%, from 3.9%. Overall, 69.5 million people now own smart phones, up 13% from three months earlier.
And all the iPhone-only strategy people of the past year are starting to pull their hair out. Another reminder it pays in the long run to be multiplatform.