Overall, 2012 was the most important year for smartphones to date. A study by Strategy Analytics published on Friday estimates a total of 700 million units sold last year — an annual jump of about 43-percent. However, the chief point of consideration is Samsung’s dominance with 30-percent of market shares worldwide versus Apple’s 19-percent and Nokia’s (NOK:US) 5-percent.
Samsung (005930) shipped a record 213.0 million smartphones worldwide, which is the largest number of units ever shipped by a smartphone vendor in a single year. While their market share rose from 19.9-percent in 2011, Apple’s (AAPL) stayed roughly the same with 19-percent in both 2011 and 2012.
In the last quarter of 2012, Samsung shipped 63 million smartphones, a 73-percent increase from their 36.5 million in the last quarter a year prior. Perhaps the Korean company established a wholesale deal with Santa Claus?
This news comes at the same time as their announcement of reaching a record $7.3 billion dollar earnings in the last quarter of 2012 on Friday — an increase of 18-percent from the year before.