Chinese smartphone company Huawei has crossed the Apple to become the number two global smartphone vendor by IDC. IDC has released its latest smartphone market data. According to the report, smartphone vendors sent a total of 342 million units in the June quarter of 2018, down 1.8 percent from the same quarter last year …
IDC says that this year-by-year decline represents a continuation of the third quarter decline for the global smartphone market and represents a decline in the fourth quarter in history.
Perhaps the most important thing is that Huawei left behind Apple to become the second largest smartphone company in terms of market share during the quarter.
During the quarter, Huawei sent a total of 54.2 million units, from 15.8 percent in the market – which was 11 percent last year.
Meanwhile, Apple’s 41.3 million smartphone shipments gave it 12.1 percent market share. For the apple, it is up 11.8 percent during the previous year’s quarter.
With Huawei’s growth, IDC says this marks the first quarter since the second quarter of 2010 that Apple has not been the number one or number two smartphone company in terms of market share. It notes, however, that come to the release of new iPhone models this fall, it’s likely Apple will move back into the top two spots:
“The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. “It is worth noting that Apple moved into the top position each of the last two holiday quarters following its product refresh, so it’s likely we’ll see continued movement among the top-ranked companies in 2018 and beyond.”
Apple’s battle for the market with Huawei is nothing new. At the beginning of this month, Huawei had claimed that it was on track to get ahead of Apple in sales of the smartphone until 2019. For reference, Apple sold 215 million iPhones in 2017, while Huawei sold 153 million.