Huawei is now the world’s largest phone manufacturer

For the first time in its history, Huawei has shipped more smartphones in a quarter than any other company in the world. According to the new Canalys report, this is mostly due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on timing of smartphone shipments.

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It is believed that Huawei won’t hold on to the title for long. As the whole smartphone industry has taken a massive hit due to coronavirus, China has been able to open up their economy before anyone else. This is Huawei’s home ground, of course, and new Huawei devices were shipped in massive numbers in the country in Q2 2020 (it is a small market for Samsung).

In Q2 of 2020 Huawei shipped 55.8 million smartphones, which is still down by about 5 percent compared to the same period last year. Samsung, who had been in the number one spot, saw a 30 percent decrease in smartphone shipments over the same period for a total of 53.7 million units. It is the first time in years that Samsung isn’t in the top spot and it is the first time since 2011 that neither Samsung nor Apple are leading the global market.

“Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times,” Huawei said in a statement. “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.”

One of the major issues Huawei is facing – and will affect their sales numbers without a doubt – is the fact that they can no longer use Google services. The US ban has led to their newer devices having to run their own HMS (Huawei Mobile Services), which doesn’t include some of the staples you’d want to use like Google Maps, Gmail etc.

Are you surprised Huawei has had a comparatively strong quarter as opposed to its competitors? Would you buy a Huawei phone without Google Mobile Services? Let us know in the comments below.