Earlier this year, fueled in part by the U.S. government’s concerns over security and potential espionage, AT&T, Verizon, and Best Buy all backed out of deals to carry Huawei phones in their retail stores. This forced Huawei to shift its attention away from the U.S. and focus more on other markets such as Europe and Asia. Despite this situation in the U.S., Huawei sold more than 54 million devices last quarter. According to multiple analytics firms, those numbers were more than enough to propel Huawei past Apple and into the number two spot as the second-largest smartphone brand in the world by devices sold. Previously, it would have been unthinkable for a company to achieve this sort of dominance by ignoring the U.S. But with India passing the U.S. in late 2017 to become the second-largest smartphone market, Huawei’s success shows that courting American buyers isn’t really a necessity anymore. Huawei’s impressive sales come at a time when a lot of premium phone makers are struggling, including Samsung, which reported a 22 percent drop in sales for its mobile division in its most recent earnings report, revealing lackluster interest in the Galaxy S9. Even Apple, which is usually immune to downward sales trends, saw shipments remain relatively flat in Q2 (its fiscal Q3), with iPhone sales increasing by just one percent year-over-year. Apple’s main increase in smartphone revenue came from a bump in the iPhone’s average selling price, not an increase in sales, and in raw numbers, the 41.3 million… [Read full story]
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