Huawei Breezes Past Apple for the First Time

Huawei Breezes Past Apple for the First Time
Huawei has snagged second place in the worldwide mobile market, bumping Apple from its position.

(CCM) — Apple has been booted from its historical second-place spot in smartphone sales and replaced by Huawei for the first time ever. According to a report by CNN, the major milestone for the Chinese smartphone maker comes after it sold roughly 54 million phones last quarter, allowing it to close in on the world's smartphone leader, Samsung. Also helping to close the gap is the fact that Samsung's sales have dropped around 10%, representing about 70 million smartphones sold.

On the company's growth, IDC analyst Ryan Reith said in a statement: "The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown." It is especially noteworthy because Huawei has struggled to gain traction in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia following concerns that the technology could be used by the Chinese government to gather intelligence. It also lost a deal with telephone carrier AT&T last year; a major partnership with is often key to rapid uptake in the United States.

Still, Huawei has seen major growth in Asian markets as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This could help the company in its ambition to become a global leader in the race to offer 5G technology.

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