Apple’s iPhone outsold all Samsung’s smartphones combined in the last three months of 2014, making the US tech giant the world’s largest mobile-maker by volume.
That’s according to analysts at Gartner, whose research shows that Apple shifted 74.8 million devices in the final three months of last year, seeing out Samsung’s 73 million.
At the end of January, researchers from Strategy Analytics said that Apple and Samsung had tied for first place.
Both companies, however, made it clear that Samsung sold more phones throughout the entire year compared to Apple.
The numbers come at a critical time for Samsung. The Korean company has just revealed its new Galaxy S6 flagship device, a phone it hopes will help arrest a worrying decline. Profits in its smartphone division slumped by 74% in the third quarter of 2014.
Apple’s success appears to be down not only to the record-breaking release of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but also the fact that rivals tend not to refresh their top–end devices until Mobile World Congress.
However, the figures are likely to make it even more imperative for Samsung to sell millions of its new phones when they hit shelves on April 10th.