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Apple announced yesterday that it shipped 26.9 million smartphones during the third quarter of this year. As such, research firm Strategy Analytics says the company now has a 17% share of the global smartphone market share, in shipments, compared to a 14% share during the same quarter last year.

“Apple had a solid quarter in the important United States market and this helped to strengthen its global performance,” Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston said. Samsung still has the largest share of global smartphone shipments, the firm said, and has a record 35% slice of the pie. Its strength was propelled by hit devices under its Galaxy family of smartphones, including the Galaxy S III, Note and Note II, the firm said. Samsung shipped 56.9 million smartphones during the quarter, the largest for any smartphone maker ever.

“Other” smartphone makers had a 48 percent stake, which included Nokia.

[via 9to5 Mac]