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Huawei Passes Apple in Smartphone Share for the First Time

  • The Chinese company trailed only Samsung in the second quarter
  • China’s brands are steadily eroding Apple-Samsung’s dominance
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Huawei Passes Apple in Smartphone Share
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Huawei Technologies Co. pulled ahead of Apple Inc. to claim the No. 2 position in global smartphone shipments in the second quarter just behind Samsung Electronics Co., solidifying the rise of Chinese competitors.

Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones in the quarter, 41 percent more than a year earlier, to jump ahead of the iPhone maker for the first time, according to market research firm IDC. The telecoms giant accounted for 16 percent of the market, compared with 21 percent for South Korea’s Samsung and 12 percent for Apple. Xiaomi Corp. and Oppo, both based in China, rounded out the top five.