Huawei becomes smartphone best or top seller for the first time in the world after dethroning Samsung who has had that position for a while now. Huawei smartphones had never really had an impact on the western market, so this is rather surprising and interesting.
Most Chinese phones have always been dominant in the eastern market. Things were expected to get worse for Huawei after Google ended its business with them. Trade restrictions imposed by the U.S efficiently cut off all deals between Google and Huawei.
Meaning none of Google apps, features or services won’t be found by default on any recent Huawei smartphone. Huawei responded to this by building its own app store with over 80, 000 apps.
How did Huawei Overthrow Samsung?
Samsung and Apple held the top spot year in year out, no brand came close to challenging them. It is the first time in close to a decade (9 years) that anyone other than Samsung or Apple has taken that spot.
Last year, Samsung was on the throne having been the best-selling smartphone manufacturer in 2019. According to analysts, next was Huawei, then Apple, although, iPhones (iPhone XR and iPhone 11) were the most sold smartphones of 2019.
This report comes from analytics firm Canalys who reported that Huawei took the spot by shipping 55.8 million devices in the last quarter overtaking Samsung’s 53.7 million. Huawei overseas shipment drops by 27%, however, Canalys estimates that the Chinese-based smartphone manufacturer now sells more than 70% of all its smartphones in mainland China.
Huawei is China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer; it might just be opening new doors for more China-based technology companies.
Some Reasons Why Huawei is Topping The Phone Market this Year?
Last year Huawei shipped around 240 million phones beating Apple’s 200 million to second place. While Huawei has failed to make an impression in the western market, it’s home country has been really patronizing it.
But despite all these successes, the smartphone industry has really seen a downslide. Analysts reported that the industry sold fewer phones in 2019 than in 2018.
By checking the figures above, the smartphone industry might sell lesser phones in 2020 than they did in 2019. China’s quick recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic also played a vital role in Huawei’s success.
Mr. Stanton, a Canalys senior analyst reportedly said; “if it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business.”
He further explained that Samsung has a very small presence in China with the likes of Huawei, Oppo and Vivo already dominating the Chinese market. Samsung’s core market in the likes of the U.S, Brazil, India, Vietnam is still trying to recover from the pandemic.