While many might consider the iPhone to be the most dominant smartphone in the land, it's Android-based phones - particularly those from Samsung - that rule the roost.
According to Thursday data from Canalys, Android smartphones made up 34 percent of global phone shipments during the fourth quarter, while iOS came in at 11 percent. Overall, smartphones represented 50 percent of the phones that shipped during the quarter.
Drilling down on smartphones, Android handsets made up 69 percent of the 216.5 million devices that shipped. That's down from 74 percent as Apple jumped from 15 percent to 22 percent, thanks to the iPhone 5. BlackBerry and Windows Phone stayed the same at 4 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
Canalys found that Samsung had a "very strong" quarter, growing 78 percent, while Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, and Yulong also saw triple-digit percentage increases. Huawei took the third-place spot behind Apple for the first time, followed by ZTE. They have been "relatively successful" in the U.S., with ZTE in fourth and Huawei in fifth, thanks to low-cost LTE phones. Still, neither have more than 5 percent share in the states.
The faltering handset makers, meanwhile, have a long road ahead of them. Sony fell out of the top five altogether, making way for Lenovo.
"BlackBerry, Microsoft and Nokia, as well as other Android vendors, have strategies and devices in place to attack, but the task is daunting to say the least," Pete Cunningham, a principal analyst at Canalys, said in a statement.
Looking at 2012 as a whole, Canalys determined that Samsung was the No. 1 smartphone vendor. "First-placed Samsung shipped 74 million more than Apple – the gaps are colossal," Cunningham said.
Apple was No. 2 while Nokia landed at No. 3 with 35 million smartphones shipped.
"Vendors left in the wake of the top vendors must at the very least improve their portfolios, time-to-market and marketing, as well as communicate their differentiators," Cunningham said. "Microsoft, BlackBerry and other new OS entrants, such as Mozilla, must make the OS switch as simple as possible and drive and localize their respective app and content ecosystems."
ComScore this week also released mobile stats for the three months ending Dec. 2012. In the U.S., Apple was the top smartphone maker with 36.3 percent of the market, thanks to the iPhone 5. Samsung came in No. 2 with 21 percent, followed by HTC (10.2 percent), Motorola (9.1 percent), and LG (7.1 percent).
Android was still the dominant mobile OS, though, with 53.4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, followed by iOS at 36.3 percent, BlackBerry (6.4 percent), Microsoft (2.9 percent), and Symbian (0.6 percent).