Global smartphone shipments have increased by 45% to 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 172.8 million units in the corresponding period previous year, according to a report from Strategy Analytics' Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service.
According to the report, the increase in smartphone shipments was driven by strong demand for LTE models in developed regions like the US and 3G devices in emerging markets such as China.
During the quarter, Samsung's shipments grew by 55% to 88.4 million and the company held 35% market share as it shipped over two times more smartphones compared to Apple.
Apple smartphone shipments grew 26% for the quarter to 33.8 million iPhones against 26.9 million units sold for the same period last year, while its market share dropped from 13% compared to the same period in 2012.
Chinese company Huawei reported smartphone shipment growth of 67% to 12.7 million units, while it occupied 5% marketshare during the quarter driven by its P6 and G610 models.
The report said that Huawei would have to expand in the American and European markets in order to give competition to Samsung and Apple by 2014.
LG and Lenovo shipped 12 million and 10.8 million smartphones, representing 5% and 4% market share respectively.