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Lenovo has taken third place from LG in worldwide smartphone shipments while Samsung strengthened its lead over Apple.

Lenovo isn't a big presence in the smartphone market in the UK, but on a global scale has overtaken LG for third place. The PC vendor's smartphones sales grew to 12.9 million units, up 84.5 percent year-on-year. See: What's the best phone you can buy in 2013?

Those sales, mainly in China, took its market share to 5.1 percent putting it in third place behind Apple and Samsung. LG's market share grew, but not as much, only to 4.8 percent.

Both Samsung and Apple performed well increasing shipments year-on-year. However, while Samsung's market share stayed the same at 32.1 percent, Apple's fell from 14.3- to 12.1 percent. This is largely due to the iPhone 5S and 5C shipping late in the quarter.

Smartphone sales around the globe hit 250.2 million in the third quarter of the year, an increase of 45.8 percent compared to the same quarter of 2012. Sales of smartphones accounted for 55 percent of overall mobile phone sales reaching their highest share to date.

"Sales of feature phones continued to decline and the decrease was more pronounced in markets where the average selling price for feature phones was much closer to the ASP affordable smartphones," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. "In markets such as China and Latin America, demand for feature phones fell significantly as users rushed to replace their old models with smartphones."

Looking at shipments based on operating systems, Google's Android is still the clear leader reaching a market share of 81.9 percent. Apple's iOS saw a drop to 12.1 percent and Microsoft's Windows Phone grew to 3.6 percent, according to Gartners figures.

BlackBerry, Bada and Symbian all saw a loss with the former seeing the worst performance. The troubled Canadian firm's market share dropped from 5.2- to 1.8 percent.

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