Metric: Handset sales grew 21% in Q2

According to the latest figures from Gartner, handset sales in the second quarter grew 21 percent to 190.5 million units. Nokia and Motorola gained market share, with the two companies combined accounting for 49.8 percent of global phone sales. Nokia now controls 31.9 percent of the global handset market, up from 29.6 percent last year. Motorola grew its share to 17.9 percent, up from 15.7 percent a year ago and once again shoring up its spot as the market's No. 2 vendor. Finishing out the top five are Samsung (12.8 percent), LG (6.5 percent), and Sony Ericsson (6.2 percent).

For more on Gartner's global handset numbers:
- check out this piece from The Guardian