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.
New Huawei Hongmeng trademark clashes with first one, got rejected
Today, Beijing Intellectual Property Court gave the first instance judgment on Huawei’s appeal against the State Intellectual Property Office for the rejection of the Hongmeng trademark.
To be mentioned, Hongmeng is the Chinese name of the HarmonyOS, the trademark has been in controversy once before.
The court has rejected the plea of plaintiff Huawei filed because it was dissatisfied with the decision of the rejection of the “Hongmeng HongMeng” trademark by the State Intellectual Property Office.
The lawsuit was refused because the disputed Hongmeng HongMeng trademark was found similar to cited trademark Hongmeng in terms of text composition, call, meaning, and have constituted similar trademark signs.
However, if the trademark was passed and used together with cited trademark then it will definitely cause confusion and misidentification of services among the consumers.
According to the information, this trademark’s international classification was involved 38 types of communication services. To be mentioned, Huawei had filed a plea against 42 types of “Hongmeng” trademarks, which were also judged similarly.
In this dispute case plaintiff Huawei’s clarifications:
- The overall meaning of the disputed trademark and cited trademark is distinct and does not constitute a similar trademark used for the same or similar services.
- The cited trademark has been in the process of revocation of non-use for three consecutive years, and the state of rights is unstable, and the trial of this case is requested to be suspended.
- The trademark in dispute is the original design of the plaintiff, which has been well-known after long-term publicity, which will not cause confusion and misunderstanding by the relevant public.
On the other hand, the defendant argued that the facts were clear, the applicable law was correct, and the procedures were legal and requested the court to deny the plaintiff’s request for trial.
Huawei Forum maintenance completed one week earlier
Today, Huawei has officially announced that Huawei Forum maintenance has successfully been concluded one week earlier than the actual schedule. Now, the services are being resumed such as Huawei Club’s PC, APP, and WAP versions.
Huawei users can now visit Huawei Forum and continue the HarmonyOS 2.0 testing using the My Huawei App and WAP version of upgrade and early adopters.
According to the previous information, Huawei has published an official notice on July 25 regarding the upgrade maintenance for Huawei Forum between July 26, 2021, to August 9, 2021, 22:00.
With the Huawei Forum’s up-gradation announcement, the company also posted an apology for the inconvenience during the maintenance “Thank you Forum members for your continued understanding and support of the Huawei Forum!”
Huawei achieved 40 million HarmonyOS installations:
The rapid progress clearly reflects that Huawei is working as much as fast it can to deliver the next level user’s experience to the least possible device.
Huawei Petal One: An all in one package for Cloud, Music and Video services
The Petal One integrates 3 premium services at relatively less costly compared to individual purchases. This service is similar to what Apple offers under the Apple One subscription bundle.
This all-in-one package includes Huawei Cloud Space Premium Package with 200GB capacity, Huawei Super Music VIP, and Huawei Video Gold Member & Partner Zone VIP membership.
What services Petal One includes:
The premium music service in Petal One has millions of libraries with all kinds of audio and music, while the premium video subscription offers high-quality video programs and movies. Meanwhile, the 200GB of Cloud storage can be shared between 5 family members.
People with Petal One can cancel their membership anytime. Currently, Petal One only comes under monthly subscription, though Huawei could offer lengthy plans such as quarterly or half-yearly in the future.
To be mentioned, Petal One provides a multi-scenario membership service and can be supported on multiple devices including mobile phones, tablets smart wearables, and smart screens.
Huawei Cloud service
The Huawei Cloud service offers a safe place to store your crucial data. It takes automatic backup of the whole device that can be restored anytime very conveniently.
Talking about privacy, this service is completely secure and has a ‘Time Machine’ feature that can help you manage all your data in a single place. Furthermore, all this data can be synchronized on multiple devices to manage it over different smartphones and tablets.
Price and Availability:
As per the Huawei Member Center app, the Petal One will be available for early buyers from August 28 to August 30. While full access to this service will be opened from September 1. The starting price for the Petal One bundle is 79 yuan (12 USD) for a monthly subscription.
It’ll be interesting to see whether this package will enter on the global market. We’ll keep you posted on further updates.