Samsung customers bought 64.5 million smartphone devices in the fourth quarter – a dramatic 85.3 per cent increase on same period a year earlier.
Popularity of handsets like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 helped boost total worldwide sales of advanced mobiles to a record high of 207.7 million.
Impressive retail performance of Apple iPhone handsets also contributed significantly to the improvement, as the American manufacturer delivered 43.5 million units to end users, according to Gartner.
Android and iOS therefore dominated the operating system market in the final three months of 2012, with Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) in third position.
The company recently posted substantial losses, but may regain a larger section of the customer base following release of BlackBerry 10 software and complementary mobile phones.
Microsoft came in fourth position. Windows Phone 8 handsets like the Nokia Lumia 920 have been well received, but it is unknown whether the platform can help the company achieve better market penetration.
Posted by Claire Marshall
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