Recent market figures have shown Huawei’s disgrace in the smartphone market, falling from the Top 5 vendors of most market analysts. How far it has fallen isn’t always obvious, but a new infographic reveals the issues Huawei experienced in the first quarter of this year. According to Counterpoint Research, Huawei only accounted for 4% of global smartphone shipments in the first three months of the year, a massive loss given that it was once the world’s number one smartphone brand, even for a while. brief moment.
The numbers are set against the backdrop of how the mobile market is performing in the first quarter of 2021, which is good news or bad, depending on what you compare them to. The smartphone market grew 20% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2020 but, compared to the last quarter of 2020. In total, the industry shipped 354.94 million phones.
If the Counterpoint Research data is correct, Huawei only sold 4% of that total last quarter, falling far behind Vivo in fifth place with 10% of the global telephony market pie. To be fair to Huawei, this was also the first quarter after the sale of its Honor business, which would partly explain the sharp drop in sales. This, however, still does not bode well for the company.
This makes its recent HarmonyOS 2.0 launch all the more critical for the survival of its smartphone business. The local operating system is said to have over 10 million users already, a testament to both the interest in the software and the large number of Huawei phones available. Whether it is able to maintain and increase these numbers will depend on the performance of the operating system itself.
As for other major brands, Apple has seen its share drop globally and in some regions. In Europe, that was enough to cede the top spot to Samsung, although Apple maintains its lead in North America.