As the coronavirus outbreak continues to challenge the global economy, China's Huawei Technologies emerges as the top smartphone seller in the world in the second quarter overtaking Samsung Electronics for the first time.
The market research firm, Canalys confirmed Thursday that the Chinese tech company, over its rival, shipped 55.8 million phones between April-June compare to 53.7 million of Samsung, all attributed to the economic recovery that is happening right now in China. Huawei taking the first place is important because the tech giant is desperate to showcase its brand strength to domestic consumers, component suppliers, and developers, said by one of the Canalys analysts. The sanctions imposed by the United States affect the company's international presence. It has restrictions to access widespread Google applications the likes of Maps, Gmail, and YouTube, making it less attractive to global markets.
The firm’s analyst said to CNN that as soon as the global economy starts to recover, depending on China's strength alone, will remain a bit of a challenge for Huawei to maintain its spot. He noted additionally that Huawei's major channel partners in key regions, like Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk.
In an interview with CNN, Huawei spokeswoman Evita Cao said that their business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times. She did not elaborate on what steps Huawei will take to remain number one when asked how the company can maintain its lead going forward.