Huawei is one those Chinese OEMs that has been going strong for the past few years. Currently, it’s leading the Chinese smartphone market by beating counterparts Oppo and Vivo by a decent margin. A new report from market intelligence firm, IDC, reveals that Huawei might soon topple Apple to gain a second position in the global smartphone market rankings.
Huawei had apparently replaced Apple as the second largest global smartphone vendor earlier this year. The position was however short-lived, as Apple caught up with Huawei soon after the launch of the new iPhones. Huawei, however, is trailing behind Apple closely with a cumulative market share of 11.3 percent. Apple, on the other hand, has a global market share of 12 percent.
IDC prediction of Huawei catching up with Apple in a few years’ time isn’t hard to believe. The Chinese OEM received a major boost in sales last year, with its market share shooting up from a 9.4 to 11.3 percent. The gain in shares was mostly due to its increasing demand in China. Xiaomi, the upstart Chinese brand which sent waves in the international smartphone market with its excellent offering failed to catch up with Huawei.
Huawei recently unveiled its flagship offerings for this year, in the form of its Mate 10 lineup. It is expected to bring its newly announced flagship range to other parts of the globe soon. Furthermore, the Chinese firm is reported to launch a few more mid-range smartphones before the end of this year.
The Chinese OEM’s upward market surge is a blessing in disguise for Google. Just in case, IDC’s prediction turns out to be true, Huawei will help increase not only its market presence but also that of Android. Samsung, which is currently the leading global smartphone vendor, sells primarily Android smartphones. It would be interesting to see how the smartphone market shapes up by the year-end.