Sony (SNE - Get Report) rose to third place in the Canalys report, with 8.8 million smartphones shipped, boosted by its recent brand re-launch and a raft of new products. HTC and Research In Motion (RIMM) were in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Canalys also found that the Asia-Pacific region made up more than 50% of the smartphone market for the first time since 2006.
Apple shares were down 1.48% to $549.75 in Thursday trading.
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