Huawei now world's biggest smartphone maker, despite United States ban

Ruben Fields
July 30, 2020

Smartphone makers dominant in other countries are still struggling as new virus cases continue to rise.

"This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago", says Canalys senior analyst Ben Stanton.

The Chinese company has felt the heat of USA sanctions that have disrupted its business overseas, but the latest numbers show its rising dominance in its home market. Ever since the ban last year ordered by President Trump last year, Huawei sales were clearly getting affected. But Samsung's volume slid a sharper 30 percent to 53.7 million, the research firm estimated.

Economic activity in China, where the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported, resumed earlier than other major smartphone markets as community spread became restricted. That made it easier for the Chinese market - which emerged from lockdown sooner - to dominate the rankings.

China Leads The Way: The disruption in the industry comes as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic caused a massive slump in smartphone sales worldwide in Q2.

But Huawei still took the title thanks to robust sales in its home market, where demand has recovered faster than elsewhere.

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Huawei takes the lead.

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.

"It is desperate to showcase its brand strength to domestic consumers, component suppliers and developers", he said.

Thus, Huawei could not use licensed Google Android on its latest flagship devices.

Huawei has responded by building its own app store solution, which The Register reports now has some 81,000 apps aimed at Westerners, and more than 70 million European users. The company's rapid trajectory has been disrupted by on-going battles with the US government that have, among other things, blocked its access to Google apps and services.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of "exceptional resilience". "Amidst a period of unprecedented global economic slowdown and challenges, we've continued to grow and further our leadership position by providing innovative products and experience to consumers".

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