Apple and Samsung every year deliver less and less devices.
Huawei overtook Apple and once again became the second largest smartphone maker in the world after Samsung. The company was also the only one of the top three, whose sales continue to grow. This was reported by The Verge, citing dataanalyst firm IDC.
According to analysts, Huawei’s sales have almost doubled in a year: from 39.3 million units in the first quarter of 2018 to 59.1 million units in the first quarter of 2019. At the same time, sales of iPhones fell from 52.2 million units to 36-43 million over the same period. IDC does not provide accurate data, because since the end of 2018, Apple has ceased to indicate sales of iPhones in financial reports.
Samsung’s results for the year also fell, but not as significantly as Apple. In the first quarter of 2018, the company sold 78.2 million smartphones, and a year later – 71.9 million devices.
As noted in The Verge, if not for the rapid growth of Huawei, the smartphone market could surely be called stagnant or even declining. For example, at the end of April, US operators AT & T and Verizon reported record-low smartphone updates among their subscribers. Sony decided to reduce the number of employees of the mobile unit by half against the background of reduced sales, LG moved production from its native South Korea to Vietnam to reduce costs, and HTC technically no longer produces smartphones, except for devices on the blockchain.
At the same time, Huawei is showing growth despite restrictions from the United States, where the company’s smartphones are prohibited. Because of this, the main markets of the manufacturer of steel are China and Europe. According to Huawei forecasts, by the end of the year, the company will overtake Samsung and become the world’s largest smartphone supplier.