More than 427m mobile phones have been sold globally in the third quarter of 2012, with smartphones sales up 47% compared to a year ago.
Smartphones are now bought at the rate of 1.83m per day around the world.
Total (Brussels: FP.BR - news) phone sales also increased by 8m units from Q2 to Q3, however there are signs that mobile phone possession take up rates are easing as 3% fewer phones were sold compared to Q3 of 2011.
Ailing Nokia, however, saw its market share drop by more than 20% in the period, falling from 23.9% in Q3 of 2011 to 19.2% in Q3 this year.
According to Gartner, in the same period Samsung's market share rose 4.2% and Apple's rose 1.6%.
Canada's Research In Motion (RIM) saw its share plunge 30% because of lacklustre BlackBerry models.
RIM has suffered a four-year slide in its stock price but hopes a resuscitation of its fortunes will occur with the launch of the BlackBerry 10 on January 30.
Meanwhile software continue to be dominated by the Google Android operating system, with 72.4% of all smartphones sold using it – up from 52.5% in 2011.
Apple's iOS trails in the software stakes with 13.9% market share, down from 15% last year.