IDC and Strategy Analytics have released their latest smartphone delivery numbers, and the clear winner of the past few months has been China's Huawei, at the expense of the world's dominant leaders Samsung and Apple, both of which lost ground .
Huawei has been flirting with the position of the world's second-largest smartphone vendor for a while, having taken control of Apple for the first time in 2017, before switching 2018. The company's improvement in 2019, without However, it seems to be configured with a firmer control of the second position: Huawei jumped from 39.3 million phones sent in the first quarter of 2018 to 59.1 million shipments in the first quarter of 2019, as noted by both IDC and SA.
Apple's iPhone shipments were reduced from 52.2 million in the quarter last year to an estimated 36 to 43 million (Apple stopped reporting iPhone sales in its earnings reports) during the same period this year. Samsung went from 78.2 million shipments to 71.9 million. In fact, without Huawei's growing growth, the smartphone market could be described as experiencing its own form of recession. Last week, airlines AT & T and Verizon reported that smartphone updates among subscribers are at record lows, and other Chinese phone manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Oppo mostly remain stable with their sales numbers.
Other global brands that used to have a significant presence in the telephone market are also suffering. Sony's sales continue to decline, and the company has said it intends to halve the staff it works with in its mobile business. Last week, LG stopped manufacturing phones in its home country, South Korea, opting to reduce costs by moving production to Vietnam. And HTC is still technically still in the mobile business by virtue of the production of that Zany blockchain phone.
Huawei is the exception, and in more ways than one. The company has been publicly rejected by the government of the United States and has no presence in that highly lucrative and developed market. All the progress during the last year has been in its territory of China and through the successful expansion of its business in Europe.
Over the course of the last two years, which has been In a time when Apple and Samsung have been content with mainly iterative updates, Huawei has made great strides between each release of device. The company has invested heavily in the hardware of its camera, which has been worthwhile with excellent performance (currently unmatched in low light) and has made smart phone owners press the "refresh" button.
The goal of Huawei has always been to become the world's largest smartphone seller, which seemed like an overzealous optimism a few months ago. As of today, it feels closer to an inevitability. Huawei predicts that it will come out ahead of Samsung by the end of this year, and if its aggressive pace of improvement continues, there is little reason to doubt that it will be able to achieve that high goal.