And the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer is… not Apple!

Samsung has become the largest manufacturer of smartphones on the planet.

Shipments in the last quarter grew 44 per cent to give it 23.8 per cent of the market.The firm sold 27.8 million units in Q3, up nearly four times from a year ago, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.That helped the Korean firm’s smartphone profit double to $2.2bn.

The 44 per cent growth is almost four times as much as last year, and is attributable to the great success of its Galaxy range and, to a lesser extent, its Wave bada devices.

And the growth also takes Samsung ahead of Apple, which saw iPhone sales fall by 16 per cent to 17.1 million units in Q3, according to the report.

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