Apple iPhone devices currently enjoy some of the most impressive sales on the handset market, but their share is expected to peak at 22 per cent this year.
ABI Research senior analyst Michael Morgan said: “Even Apple will be chasing Samsung’s technology, software, and device leadership in 2013 through the foreseeable future.”
Samsung creates devices like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, which have been well-received by technology industry experts and consumers alike.
The organisation also expects smartphone devices to represent 50 per cent of shipments by 2014, making it the largest global handset segment.
These gadgets tend to be characterised by the inclusion of an operating system like iOS, Android or Windows Phone.
Many consumers are selling their old mobile phone to opt for a device which offers a wider range of functions.
Premium gadgets tend to offer capabilities close to that of a computer, meaning owners can browse the web, read e-mails and play games on-the-go.
Posted by Claire Marshall