Originally posted on VentureBeat:

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Apple and Samsung sold 52 percent of all smartphones around the globe during the fourth quarter of 2012, a sign that these two companies are truly at the top of the mobile world, according to a new Gartner report.

While mobile phone sales overall declined in 2012 and Gartner tries to make a big deal about it, you can attribute the drop to waning interest in cheap feature phones. The year was still great for smartphones. In the fourth quarter of 2012 alone, sales of smartphones hit 207.7 million, which is up 38.3 percent from the same period in 2011.

Samsung came out on top in smartphone and overall mobile sales, while Apple came in firm second in smartphones. In 2012, Samsung sold 384.6 million mobile phones total, with 53.5 percent of those being smartphones. Apple sold 130 million smartphone sales worldwide.

Surprisingly enough, China’s Huawei took third place…

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