Samsung led the way with a 29% share of the global smartphone market in Q4

Samsung led the way with a 29% share of the global smartphone market in Q4
Canalys released its fourth quarter stats and it was another big three months for Google's open source OS, Android. Of the 216.5 million smartphones shipped worldwide from October through December, a whopping 69% were Android flavored. Of the 438.1 million units shipped of all handsets, including featurephones, 34% of them were Android and 11% were powered by iOS. Speaking of the entire handset market, shipments were flat year-over-year, while those for smartphones rose 37%. Smartphones made up nearly half of all handsets shipped.

With 62.9 million units shipped in the quarter, Samsung was the top OEM for the period with a 29% share. Two phones, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II have been in demand, helping the manufacturer to achieve its share. With a 22.1% slice of the global smartphone pie on the fourth quarter, Apple finished second. Chinese smartphone producers Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo surprisingly rounded out the top five. There was a big gap between the 47.8 million phones shipped by number two Apple and the 11.8 million shipped by Huawei, which was number three. Lenovo edged out Sony to place in the top five and had remarkable growth of 216% over Q4 of 2011. For the year, Samsung finished on top, besting Apple by 74 million units with Nokia third.

After the 69.2% of the global smartphone market in Q4 2012 that belonged to Android, iOS was next with 22.1%. There was a big drop after that with BlackBerry and Microsoft making up 3.5% and 2.4% of the market respectively. That leaves Nokia on the bottom of the top five with a 1.5% share.

source: Canalys via AppleInsider

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