Samsung Electronics sold a record-high 89 million smartphones in the first quarter of this year.
According to market research firm Strategy Analytics on Monday, Samsung accounted for 31.2 percent of the global smartphone market from January to March. Apple was a distant second with 15.3 percent, having sold 43.7 million units.
China's Huawei and Lenovo shared third place with 4.7 percent each. LG Electronics was fifth with 4.3 percent.
Samsung cornered 41.7 percent of the market in western Europe and 46.5 percent in central and eastern Europe. It dominated everywhere except North America, where Apple carved out a 37.3 percent share. The gap was narrowed from 12.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year to 7.3 percent.