Apple has beaten Samsung, to secure the top spot in the global smartphone market during the final quarter of 2011, claims a new study by the market research outfit Gartner.
The Gartner report highlights that Apple managed to sell 35.5 million units of its flagship iPhone during that quarter, while the sales figures of Samsung amounted to only 34 million units.
This surge in numbers helped the Cupertino based iOS device maker to control 23.8 per cent of the global smartphone arena, which saw an eight per cent increase from where it stood just a year back, during the same period.
The report also detailed how the smartphone sales throughout the world increased by 47 per cent, during the aforementioned quarter. The overall number of smartphones sold across the year stood at 472 million units - up by 58 per cent in comparison to where the figure stood, back in 2010.
Expressing his opinion on the possible status quo of the smartphone in 2012, Roberta Cozza, a Gartner analyst, stated: "The wild card for 2012 is China. If Apple closes a deal with China Telecom or China Mobile they could see their units double in that market," as reported by Business Week.