Huawei plans to deliver a flagship phone in the U.S. later this year
Yu has high hopes for Huawei. Back in February, he predicted that Huawei will have the largest market share in the global smartphone market in five years. That would require the company to top current leader Samsung, and runner-up Apple. According to IDC, during the fourth quarter of last year Samsung held 21% of the market with Apple not far behind at 19%. Huawei's share was 8.1%.
Last year, Huawei produced its first Nexus device, the Nexus 6P. The stock Android phone was well received in the U.S., perhaps paving the way for Huawei's decision to invade the U.S. smartphone market. In Europe, Huawei started putting its branded phones inside carrier's stores by paying for in-store promotion. As a result, Huawei's shipments in Western Europe rose 51% last year, beating Apple's 15% growth and Samsung's 2%. This might be a strategy Huawei employs in the states.