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Huawei Crowned as World's Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q2 2020

Move over, Samsung. Huawei has overtaken Samsung for shipping more smartphones in the second quarter of 2020.

The data was reported by analyst firm Canalys, who shared information that Huawei was able to ship 58.8 million devices, a 5% drop in year-over-year. Meanwhile, Samsung was able to ship 53.7 million devices during the quarter, which is a 30% drop from 2019.

In 9 years, this is the first quarter since neither Samsung or Apple was named as the world's biggest smartphone vendor.

What's even more surprising about this report is that Huawei earned this title even though it is facing a US ban that prohibits it from shipping new devices with Android apps. This US ban actually led to a drop in overseas smartphone shipments by 27% in the quarter alone. Instead, Huawei focused on selling its devices in China, which is where they are now selling over 70% of its devices in.

One factor that shouldn't be taken for granted is the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in helping Huawei land this title. Since other countries are still dealing with the virus and imposing lockdowns, the number of smartphone production and purchases have been affected. Meanwhile, China's factories and economy has since reopened.

But once the other countries start to reopen, it's possible that Huawei won't be able to retain this title for long. For now, Huawei should be pleased to earn this title since it is the first time a company was able to overtake Samsung and Apple in quite some time.

You can read the full report here.

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