China’s leading smartphone maker Huawei Technologies recently overtook Apple to become the second largest smartphone seller in the world in the second quarter of 2018.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, which includes the smartphones operations said, “It’s no question that we become the No.2 next year; in Q4 next year it’s possible we become No.1.”

Huawei forecasts smartphone shipments beyond 200 million in 2018. It would mean 31% growth in Huawei sales in 2018. In 2017 Huawei shipped 153 million smartphones which were 10% more than 2018. In 2016 Huawei shipments increased by 29%. So there has been a steady rise in the Huawei smartphone shipments with every year.

Huawei officials claimed that the company has shipped 95 million smartphones in the first half of 2018. The executives said that Huawei might become the top smartphone maker in the world in the fourth quarter of 2019.

As per analysts, Huawei has surpassed its competitors by selling feature-packed affordable phones.

According to the market research firm, IDC Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones in the second quarter while Apple shipped almost 41.3 million iPhones witnessing only 0.7 percent growth compared to last year’s shipment during the same period. The shipments of Huawei were 41 percent more than last year’s shipment during the same period.

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Huawei has not been able to sell its phones in the United States and Australia due to strained government relations with these countries. The UK was also concerned about the security of Huawei devices. Thus Huawei had to make extra effort to sell its phones in European, Asian, and African markets.

Huawei in reference to its ban in the USA said, “Huawei is aware of a range of U.S. government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei’s business in the U.S. market. Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities.”

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