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Samsung and Google are the second and third companies in the Boston Consulting Group’s 2013 “Most Innovative Companies” list, following Apple.

The iPhone maker has held the number one spot for the ninth consecutive year, while Samsung managed to surpass Google for the first time ever – the search giant was number two on the list since 2006.

Samsung has been rising rapidly to the top, after being number 26 on the same list in 2008. Other tech companies present in BCG’s list are Microsoft and IBM, which made the top 10 every year since 2005.

In case you were wondering about how these results are compiled, you should know that there are various factors that determine the outcome including a survey of 1,500 international senior executives that rank these companies but also financial results for the last three years including shareholder returns, revenue growth and margin gains.

At the end of the day fans will not necessarily agree with these rankings, but it looks like the same players will fight for the number one spot on the most innovative companies list for the years to come.