The ongoing rise of Chinese smartphone makers is continuing, with latest figures showing three manufacturers from that country accounted for over a fifth of smartphone sales between July and September.

According to fresh data from research firm Gartner, Huawei, Oppo and BBK Communication Equipment were the only smartphone companies in the top five globally to register an increase in sales in the period.

Much of their success was home grown, as they capitalised on a 12.4% increase in sales in the local Chinese market.

However, the manufacturers also grew sales strongly in other countries, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Russia.

In total 373 million smartphones were sold during the three month period, which was an increase of 5.4% on the same period last year.

This increase, however, bucked the overall trend in mobile phone sales which registered a fall of 1.3 per cent over the period when feature phones were taken into account.

Samsung remains the most popular smartphone manufacturer, with a 19.2% market share in the third quarter, down over 4 per cent year on year.

That drop was partly explained by the withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7, due to concerns over the battery in some of the handsets catching fire.

"The decision to withdraw the Galaxy Note 7 was correct, but the damage to Samsung's brand will make it harder for the company to increase its smartphone sales in the short term," said Anshul Gupta, Gartner research director.

"For Samsung, it's crucial that the Galaxy S8 launches successfully, so that partners and customers regain trust in its brand."

Apple came in in second place with 11.5% of the pie, also down 1.5% compared to the third quarter of last year as the iPhone 7 failed to stimulate interest in key markets.

Android continues to dominate the operating system market share, running on nearly 88% of new smartphones sold in the period, up from 84.7% in the same period last year.