Huawei usurps Samsung as global smartphone leader - Canalys

Marco Green
July 31, 2020

Sales, however, dropped 5.6 percent to 52.97 trillion won compared to the same quarter a year ago. According to research firm Canalys, Apple was the only company that managed to grow in Q2, shipping 45.1 million iPhones globally, a growth of 25 per cent compared to the previous year, even as the overall smartphone market plummeted 14 per cent.

The findings marked the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, Canalys said.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of "exceptional resilience". For instance, while Huawei phones can still use the open-source version of Android, they can no longer carry the official Google Play Store and other Google apps such as YouTube and Gmail.

While this year has been anything but normal, we are getting a great insight into Huawei's smartphone strategy.

"If Huawei can purchase chips from Qualcomm in the future, the USA company can rake in more money, and the United States government is likely to approve it", Jia said. The new deal also includes a cross license granting back rights to certain Huawei patents, covering sales beginning Jan 1, Qualcomm said.

Huawei's 55.8 million shipments are 5% lower than this time previous year, but that's not enough to stop it taking the top spot for the first time.

'Strength in China alone will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover'.

Despite weaker sales of smartphones, Samsung said that its mobile communications business reported solid profitability on marketing cost reductions and other cost optimisations. The company continues to struggle against mid-range competition from Chinese OEMs in many markets. The display business is hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic since the lower consumer demand for smartphones translated into reduced shipments of small- and mid-sized panels.

The accomplishment is also noteworthy because the U.S. government has been trying to block the biggest technology companies from supplying Huawei on claims it represents a national security threat.

Huawei has yet to publicly address the impact these curbs will have on its operations.

Huawei's rise has brought extensive security concerns in recent months. They're not indicative of any sizable gains by Huawei; in fact, the Canalys data suggests Huawei saw an overall sales decline of 5% from past year.

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