Smartphone sales slump, Huawei's future uncertain: Gartner

7 June 2019

Telecoms

Google may push Huawei out of favor with consumers and slow down the vendor's global sales.

Smartphone sales continue to slide across the globe with a drop of 2.7 percent estimated in the first quarter of 2019.

Research agency Gartner says that in Q1 2019, 373 million units were sold, with Samsung retaining the top spot as the most popular vendor, followed by Huawei and Apple.

The United States and China saw smartphone sales declines of 15.8 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.

Of the handsets that were sold over Q1 2019, Samsung secured a 19.2 percent market share, Huawei snagged 15.7 percent, and Apple maintained an11.9 percent slice of the pie.

Samsung and Apple's market shares have declined since the first quarter of 2018. Huawei, however, despite recent political upheaval, warnings over national security, and 5G equipment bans enjoyed the strongest growth recorded year-over-year.

Gartner says that the Chinese device manufacturer achieved year-over-year growth of 44.5 percent and smartphone sales totaling 58.4 million units.

Huawei performed well in both Europe and China over Q1 2019. The company claims a loyal local base, is a dominant player in China and caters for both entry and premium smartphone users. Read the full article on ZDNet here.