Samsung has overtaken Apple as the world's top smartphone shipper between July and September, according to the BBC.
Research by Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the three-month period, compared with 17.1 million from Apple and 16.8 million from Nokia.
Strategy Analytics said that Apple's growth was hampered by customers waiting for the new iPhone 4S to ship.
Nokia was the top handset shipper with a 27.3% market share, followed by Samsung with 22.6% and LG with 5.4%, while Apple's number four position in total handsets sold, was taken by China's ZTE at 4.7%, pushing Apple into fifth place with 4.4%.
The Strategy Analytics report came shortly after the release of Samsung's third-quarter results, which showed profits falling 23% due to poor performance in its memory chip business. Handset profits for Samsung more than doubled to $2.3bn on strong sales from its Galaxy smartphones.
A total of 117 million smartphones were shipped in the Q3 2011, an increase of 44% from the same period last year.
Nokia's smartphone market share fell from 33% in the third quarter of 2010 to 14% on Q3 2011.