Samsung has moved a step closer to its goal of becoming the world's top maker of tablet PCs. Market researcher Strategy Analytics on Tuesday said Samsung took the largest share in three of six major world markets last year.
Until 2012, Apple led all six markets.
But last year Samsung dominated the Latin American market with a 23 percent share and also claimed the top spot in eastern and central Europe (25 percent) as well as the Middle East and Africa (18.3 percent).
In 2012, Samsung lagged behind Apple by seven to 13 percentage points in the three regions.
Apple held on to the top spot in North America, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Although Samsung has the biggest share of the global smartphone market, it ranked second in the tablet PC market due to the sweeping popularity of Apple's iPad.
But Samsung saw sales volume rise to 41.7 million units last year, up 151 percent from 2012. Its global market share also rose from 9.7 percent to 18.3 percent over the same period.
Apple retains its grip on the top spot overall with 32.7 percent.