Huawei's strong Q2 stymies both Apple and Samsung in the global smartphone market

Huawei's strong Q2 stymies both Apple and Samsung in the global smartphone market
While Apple shipped more iPhones for the second quarter of 2014 than it shipped a year earlier, and Samsung shipped fewer smartphones than it did in the same quarter last year, neither company was the big story in the period. According to IDC's latest breakdown of smartphone vendors' global marketshare, a pair of Chinese firms made the most noise in the April through June period.

Samsung remained on top, shipping 74.3 million smartphones for Q2 2014. That was a 3 million unit decline from last year's second quarter. The 3.9% decline left the Korean company with a 25.2% share of the global smartphone market, down from 32.3% last year. Its chief rival, Apple, saw its shipping volume for the second quarter increase from 31.2 million to 35.1 million. Despite the gain of 12.4% year-over-year, Apple still saw its market share decline from 13% to 11.9%.

The reason that Apple can increase shipments and still lose market share, has to do with the great quarters for Huawei and Lenovo. Huawei finished third with shipments of 20.3 million units, up a staggering 95% from the 10.4 million shipped in 2013. For the first half, the company increased its smartphone shipments by 62%. Huawei now has 6.9% of the market, up from the 4.3% it had last year. Lenovo was fourth after increasing its shipments by over 38% in the period, from 11.4 million to 15.8 million. The company now has a 5.4% slice of the global smartphone pie.

In fifth place was LG. With a better than 19% year-over-year gain in shipments, LG had 14.5 million intelligent handsets in transit for the second quarter, up from the 12.1 million it shipped in 2013. At 4.9%, its market share was virtually flat with the 5% it owned last year.

Overall, 295.3 million smartphones were shipped in the April through June period. That is a 23.1% gain from the 240 million shipped last year.

source: IDC via ZDNet



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Trolls, prepare for a new trap tripping breed of fan boys. I think some OEM are lucky that China is still willing to make their phone for them as outsiders. Brands may go extintc faster now.

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This should ignite more competition . Better get moving other OEM. Congrats huawei . Hopefully your phone doesn't have NSA type of malware.

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

The competition is getting intense I think it's time for Samsung to change a big

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

This is why Samsung needs Tizen so badly right now. They know full well that they have ridden the Android train as far to the top as they can go on it, and so now they need to catch a new train to get them any further. If they keep delaying the first Tizen release because of a lack of apps in their ecosystem, then they will never release it in time to stop their hemorrhaging of marketshare. It could be a repeat of the Nokia-Symbian over-stay effect, and that means that Samsung is possibly in some trouble.

3. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

wow congrats to huawei, indeed beautiful craftsmanship + affordable price is the reason of this. better look out, if this will continue, huawei will have funds to build even more premium beautiful devices with specs that can match samsung's, media pad x1, p6, p7, ascend mate, IMO they are great in design department, p7 really look elegantly stunning, we are still waiting for the pink version, my girlfriend can't wait anymore....

9. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

But did you know that P7 is looks like iPhone and Xperia Z1?

15. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yes, and p7 is more beautiful than iPhone and Xperia z1 IMO, the design of the back looks stunning and shine when a light hits the back. have you seen it in personal? it doesn't shout "copy cat". And every company are also copying/following or inspired by each other's design. and the consumer benefit to it in the end, because we have lots of options. :D huawei started the trend of "selfie centric handset" have you ever notice who follows that? sony, htc, nokia. sony already made one, htc and nokia are rumored, so who's gonna benefit with that "copying" of the said trend? us. so let's just be happy because we have many options on what exactly do we want on our smartphones. :)

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i think this should ring the bells of Samsung..... they are the only company in top to have negative growth..... Samsung seriously needs to change its strategy and start offering decent phones..... there every latest phone is hell of overpriced (although the prices comes down quite alot after launch) and they need to change design of their phones to make them attractive.....

5. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

+ enough with variation bull, and cloned galaxies from low-end to high-end, that's why i look at their flagship cheap because of their low-end galaxies. they all look the same!

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I also see Xiaomi in the top 5 by the next time in the near future.

16. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

amen to that, but the article that there was an app which is your message and your photos are automatically sending it to china's.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The practice of selling $350 phones for $700 is slowing coming to an end. About time.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

These companies don't have brand recognition like the international Oems. That's why.

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

All thanks for copying design.

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think in 2015 Huawei will be beating apple and Huawei will become the 2nd biggest smartphone brand. Congratulation Huawei for being awesome.

13. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Samsung copied iPhone then sell them at a much cheaper price. Now huawei icluding lenovo and zte is copying samsung strategy by copying iPhone and selling them at even lower price. Soon xiami will catch up and beat huwei and lenovo.

17. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yeah right.. The large screen, FHD & now QHD display, true multitasking, expandable SD card slot & removable battery. All features/specs originally pioneered by the iPhone

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