The veto of the United States, the trade war or the coronavirus have not mattered: despite everything, the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei has become the company that sells the most smartphones in the world.
According to analyst estimates, for the first time in history the Chinese manufacturer it dethroned its strongest competitor, the Korean Samsung.
The data collected in the second quarter of this year, from April to June, reveals that Huawei sold 55.8 million devices compared to Samsung’s 53.7 million.
Of course, the sales of the Chinese company are 5% lower than last year.
Huawei is also a leader in the manufacture and sale of key technologies for telecommunications infrastructure of the 5G generation.
The report of the analysis firm Canalys qualifies this sorpasso as a “remarkable” change between the major mobile manufacturers.
For the first time a brand that is not Apple or Samsano ascends to the top of the ranking.
That despite the fact that the Chinese brand phones were forced to withdraw the applications and the operating system from Google due to the trade restrictions imposed by the United States in 2019.
This makes Huawei phones more difficult to sell in Western markets.
“This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago, “said Canalys analyst Ben Stanton.
Canalys notes that the fact that China has ended its confinement with the coronavirus before that other countries partly explains the rise of Huawei.
According to another analytics firm, Market Pulse, smartphone sales in China rose 9% quarter-on-quarter, suggesting signs of market recovery.
The figures highlight that the firm does not give up in its fight against the obstacles imposed by the Trump government.
Power in China
Its new dominance is mainly due to its impressive sales in China.
According to Canalys data, although Huawei’s overseas sales decreased by 27%, the firm now sells more than 70% of all smartphones in mainland China.
For his part, Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than 1% market share.
In addition, the Korean firm has seen its major markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, devastated by coronavirus outbreaks and confinements.
The covid-19 pandemic strongly impacted Samsung’s figures, which recorded a 30% drop in sales.
The role of the pandemic
“If it weren’t for covid-19, this wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has made the most of China’s economic recovery to revive its smartphone business, ”said Stanton.
«Reach that first place is very important to Huawei“Added his colleague Mo Jia.
“He is desperate to demonstrate to domestic consumers, component suppliers and developers that your brand is very strong«.
Life without Google
The lack of integration with the most popular Google apps on Huawei phones is likely to discourage some smart phone buyers.
Trade restrictions imposed by the United States mean that Google can’t collaborate with Huawei In its development.
That leaves outside their terminals to Google Maps, YouTube, Google Play Store and other applications that are considered standard on most Android devices.
Huawei responded by opening your own app store, which according to reports The Register It now has some 81,000 applications targeting Westerners and more than 70 million European users.
But it’s unclear how many of those users are people with access to Google’s app store, and how many are using Huawei’s app gallery as their only source to get new apps.
A temporary podium
Analysts expect Huawei’s top spot to be temporary.
The phone maker’s figures actually decreased 5% globally.
In addition, Samsung is likely to recover from its poor second quarter results.
Still, a Huawei spokesperson said the company “has shown exceptional resilience in these difficult times.”
«In the middle of a period of global economic slowdown and unprecedented challenges, we have continued to grow and expand our leadership position by providing innovative products and good experiences to consumers, “he added.
Leader of 5G
One in three smartphones sold in China in the second quarter of 2020 was a phone with 5G technology.
This adoption of new technology in the Asian giant has meant that Huawei controls a 60% share of the Chinese market of 5G smartphones.
“Chinese operators are actively promoting the purchase of 5G smartphones, and they do lowering prices of 5G devices as well as 5G plans, ”explains Counterpoint analyst Mengmeng Zhang.
This has meant that China is the country with “Higher adoption of 5G technology of the world”, Add.
— BBC Mundo to eldia.com.do