The last time anyone checked, Samsung and Apple were pretty much tied when it came to the number of smartphones they shipped during the final quarter of last year. Gartner doesn't agree, and claims Apple shipped 74.8 million phones, 1.8 million more than Samsung.
In terms of the whole year Samsung was the clear victor, shipping 307.6 million phones to Apple's 191.4 million. But it's still be three years since anyone claimed Apple managed to claim the top spot.
Though it is worth remembering that smartphones shipped is not the same as smartphones sold. [Engadget]