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More Than 700 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2012 as Apple, Samsung Dominate

A record 700 million smartphones were shipped in 2012, with more than half of those coming from industry leaders Samsung and Apple.

Samsung shipped an estimated 213 million smartphones — roughly 30 percent of the market — according to Strategy Analytics.

“Despite tough competition in stores and courtrooms, Samsung continued to deliver numerous hit models, from the high-end Galaxy Note II phablet to the mass-market Galaxy Y,” Strategy Analytics said in a blog post.

Apple, meanwhile, saw its shipments rise 46 percent to 135.8 million, giving the company about the same 19 percent of the market it had a year earlier.

Nokia remained the third-largest smartphone vendor globally, but saw its market share drop from more than 15 percent in 2011 to just 5 percent in 2012, as the decline in Symbian devices more than offset the growth in Windows Phone devices.

In all, smartphone shipments globally were up 43 percent from 2011, the research firm said.

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