Samsung Electronics Co, the world’s top handset maker, sold 63 million smartphones in the fourth quarter and commanded a 29 per cent share of the global smartphone market, a report by research firm Strategy Analytics showed on Friday.

In 2012, Samsung sold 213 million smartphones with a 30 per cent market share, followed by Apple Inc, which sold 135.8 million iPhones with a 19 per cent market share, the report said.

Recently, Samsung, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, said in a statement that it had sold over 100 million Galaxy S devices in only 2 years and 7 months after the first model launched in May 2010.