The latest numbers from Garner are in for the third quarter of 2012, figures as of November 2012. Worldwide mobile phone sales are at 428 million units out of which 39.6 percent were smartphones, representing a 46.9 percent increase from the the same period of last year.
Samsung managed to sell around 55 million smartphones in the third quarter of the year, and a total of 97,956,800 mobile phones. Together with Apple and its 23,550,300 smartphone units (up 36.2 percent year-on-year), the two companies “controlled 46.5 percent of smartphone market leaving a handful of vendors fighting over a distant third spot”, says the report. Apple is also expected to have its strongest quarter ahead, Q4, when the iPhone 5 will reach new markets, including China. Nokia drifted to the seventh spot with a 21.9 percent decline of smartphone while RIM took the third spot followed closely by HTC.
As far as platform market share is concerned, Android is dominating with its 72.4 percent (up from 52.5 percent last year), followed by Apple’s iOS and its own 13.9 percent. Check out the table below for numbers and the source link at the bottom for more info!