According to the latest data from IDC, global smartphone shipments rose 4.3% in the first quarter, topping the analytical firm’s previously made forecast of 3.6% growth. Overall, 347.4 million smartphones were delivered from January through March, up from the 332.9 million tallied last year. Samsung continued its reign over the smartphone world by shipping 79.2 million units in the period. While that was flat with last year’s number, the manufacturer actually lost a full percentage point of market share. For the first quarter, Samsung was responsible for 22.8% of worldwide smartphone shipments.