A technology research firm says Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone seller, as its home market in China emerged from the coronavirus pandemic better off than other economies.
Canalys analysts reported Thursday that, in the second quarter of 2020, Huawei delivered 55.8 million smartphones.
While the figure was down 5% compared with a year ago, it was a smaller decline than rival Samsung, which saw smartphone sales slide 30% to 53.7 million.
Huawei still faces restrictions from the U.S. government limiting its foreign operations. But, it has come to dominate the domestic Chinese industry, Canalys said, predicting that the company’s shipments in China increased 8 percent in the period April-June.
Mainland China now constitutes 70 percent of global smartphone revenue by Huawei, it added.
There Were Restrictions for Huawei
Sanctions to its cripple was part of a larger regional dispute over technologies and commerce between the US and China.
The restrictions mean Huawei phones now face a distinct disadvantage outside China. It was because of they can only run a stripped-down open source version of Google’s Android operating system.
In addition, they don’t come with the U.S. search giant’s apps like Chrome, YouTube, and Google Maps. Users also have to download apps through Huawei’s own app store, not the Google Play store.
In China, popular homegrown apps for services like shopping and messaging help fill that gap.
When the global economy recovers, Huawei will not be able to hang on to the top spot. It was as telecom operators are highly suspicious of their products, the firm said.
Huawei phones are common in Europe and Asia, but unknown in the United States, where the telecom switching gear of the business has been blocked for years.