The results of the fourth quarter of 2020 are here, which shows that the global smartphone shipments reached 359.6 million units. This figure shows a small decline of 2% year-on-year (YoY).
In Q4 2020, Apple became dominant by selling most iPhones ever in a single quarter and ranked first on the list of smartphone makers with 81.8 million units. This is a 4% growth compared to the last year.
Samsung slipped to the second and shipped 62 million units in the quarter with a 12% decline. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo made their places inside the top 5 smartphone sellers.
However, for the first time in the last six years, Huawei ranked outside of the top 5 list and placed on teh sixth spot. The Chinese tech giant shipped 32 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020 with over 40% YoY and 35% quarter on quarter (QoQ) decline.
Huawei smartphone market share decline:
This drastic decline in Huawei’s smartphone sales and market share is a result of the restrictions imposed under the U.S. Entity List in 2019, which prohibits the company from purchasing the U.S. made components and software services required to build new smartphones.
Following this action, Huawei phones cannot certify with Google Mobile Services (GMS), which is essential to run Google’s applications such as Play Store, Youtube Gmail, Google Maps, and more.
After that, the company introduced the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which is a replacement for the GMS. In this case, the consumers need a bit more time to adopt a new software ecosystem compared to the GMS, of which they’re used.
The removal of Google apps seems to greatly affect the sales of new Huawei smartphones in the overseas markets but the home market remains stable because GMS is not required in the Chinese smartphone market.
In 2020, the U.S. further tighten the Entity List rules on Huawei and blocked access for the company to manufacturer HiSilicon made Kirin chipset design through chipmakers such as TSMC. This led the company to stop the production of high-end Kirin chipsets in the same year.
Following this event, Huawei also sold its subsidiary, Honor that highly affects Huawei’s overall smartphone sales, and industry experts believe that this partition with the subsidiary will bring a further collapse in Huawei’s smartphone sales.
Recently, ahead of the end of his presidency, Donald Trump canceled the licenses of all of the existing Huawei suppliers including U.S. chipmaker Intel.
Huawei Celia Keyboard 22.214.171.1245 version has new emojis and features
Huawei has released a 126.96.36.1995 beta version of the Celia Keyboard mobile application. this version has a number of new features that will increase your user experience and will bring simplicity to your typing activity.
According to the information, Huawei Celia Keyboard 188.8.131.525 has a size of 45 megabytes and brings New Quotes and Emojis, the new version adds brand new features to the system such as input ban mode, a key to switch input language mode, optimizes the new user experience for foldable phone and tablets.
Furthermore, this update improves the use case of special characters and emojis. Lastly, it adds new bug fixes that may comprise your user experience in various terms.
Huawei Celia Keyboard:
Huawei Celia Keyboard comes with various new features and a number of different themes that could lead you toward an enhanced typing user experience.
The keyboard supports different keyboard layouts including Qwerty, Qwertz, Azerty, Colemak, and Dvorak. You can use different types of inputs such as gliding to ease your navigation through the keyboard layout.
Additionally, you have the option to use predictions and auto-correction, next word suggestion, and cursor operation. The app also makes an effort to bring better personalization.
Furthermore, Celia Keyboard supports over 170 languages, so you won’t have to face any issues while operating this software in different countries.
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Huawei 100W super fast charger launched, supports 66W, 55W, 44W, 22.5W output
Last year, Huawei launched a new Nova 9 Pro smartphone that comes with a whopping 100W superfast charger. Now, the Chinese tech maker has launched the Huawei 100W charger for smartphones including the flagship, as it’s now listed separately.
According to the information, the Huawei 100W charger is launched with the capability to fill up a 4000 mAh battery in under 20 mins. It’s revealed that the Charger has a size of 55.0mm x 55.0 mm x 28.3 mm in dimension and weighs around 135 grams.
The charge has a smart chip that could automatically identify the supply according to the different devices and adjust the power level as well to output the exact amount of power and to prevent excessive heat-ups.
The Charger comes in a white color option with a 6A USB Type-A to USB Type C 1.0-meter data cable.
Huawei 100W can be equipped with 6A cable chargers, which is the input capacity of Huawei P50, P50 Pro, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro Plus and Mate 40 RS Porche Design, Nova 9, Nova 9 SE, Nova 8, Nova 8 Pro and Nova 8 SE as well other 66W charger phones.
Additionally, the charger is compatible with SCP, FCP, and QC2.0 protocols excluding non-standard QC 2.0. The first generation Huawei 100W charger supports 5V2A (10W), 9V2A (18W), 10V2.25A (22.5W), 10V4A (40W), 11V5A (55W) and 11V6A, (66W).
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Huawei P50 launch was difficult and required major changes: Report
In July 2021, Huawei launched its new flagship smartphone – P50 and P50 Pro among consumers but a report reveals that it was difficult to launch these phones. It’s suggested that the Huawei P50 series has to go through a number of major changes to bring themselves to the launch stage.
According to the report, the Huawei P50 series has gone through three major changes and several waves of adjustment to bring the best out for the consumers. Therefore, the birth of the Huawei P50 was very difficult.
In 2019, Huawei has been placed under U.S. sanctions, which prohibits the company from purchasing any required U.S.-made components for new products. This move has affected the tech maker in big terms and its smartphone business has been suffered due to the loss of required manufacturing yields.
Huawei P50 has also suffered the same blow because the company has to collect new supply sources to assemble this new flagship.
On the other hand, the Huawei team held a series of discussions regarding how to improve the P50 and the new improvements that must have to be better than the Huawei P40. Following the events of 2019 and two rounds of review, the Huawei P50 design has been decided and put on the board.
The team has been confident that the device will surely allure consumers for the Huawei P50.
The production further took leave in May 2020, reports broke out that the Huawei P50 has become uncertain to launch, as it has already missed the scheduled launch date. In the background, Huawei has started to revise some more plans for this new flagship which took around 2-3 months.
According to the corresponding person, Huawei wanted to increase the competitiveness of the product and took it to new heights. Lastly, after facing various challenges and difficulties, in July 2021, Huawei finally brought in the P50 lineup.
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