Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market after representing 55.5 per cent joint share in the fourth quarter, according to ABI Research.
Popularity of handsets like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 meant that the South Korean manufacturer retained the top spot, shipping 60 million units in the three-month period.
Senior practice director Jeff Orr said: "Samsung and Apple are both under pressure to maintain their market lead as less costly smartphones gain momentum entering 2013."
The LG Nexus 4 device has experienced unanticipated demand from consumers after offering impressive specifications at a relatively low price.
For just £279, Brits can get their hands on an Android Jelly Bean handset sporting a 4.7-inch screen, quad-core processor and eight-megapixel camera from Google Play.
An Apple iPhone 5 gadget with the same 16 GB of internal storage is priced at £529, but customer loyalty, excellent branding and exclusive features mean the device remains sought-after.
Posted by Claire Marshall