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Samsung cements lead over Apple in global smartphone race

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(Read caption) A Samsung display at a store in South Korea. Samsung dominates the global smartphone market, according to a new report.

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Forget Apple versus Android. The biggest rivalry in the smartphone world may be Apple versus specifically Samsung, the South Korean tech giant. According to a new set of figures from IDC, Apple and Samsung dominated the worldwide smartphone business in the second quarter of 2012, selling a combined 76 million handsets. To put that in perspective, approximately 156 million smartphones were shipped globally in Q2.

Apple and Samsung, in other words, own half the game. The two companies are the new "global smartphone heavyweights," Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC, said in a statement. Here's how it breaks down: In Q2, Samsung unloaded just over 50 million smartphones, good enough for 32.6 percent of the worldwide market. Apple, on the other hand, shipped 26 million handsets and won just under 17 percent of the market. 

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