Huawei surpasses Apple in annual smartphones sales with 240 million units shipment
The latest research from Strategy Analytics shows that Huawei sold over 240 million smartphones in 2019 compared to 205 million in 2018.
This new sales record is higher than Apple’s 197 million shipments and helped the Chinese tech giant to grip its second top smartphone maker spot in 2019. Meanwhile, Samsung remains on top and shipped over 295 million smartphones around the globe.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, Huawei has shipped 56 million smartphones globally + 15% of the total market share compared to the 60.5 million shipments and 16.1% share during the same quarter in 2018.
Moreover, Huawei keeps its dominance over China, increasing its market share to 39% and 11% Year on Year growth rate by shipping 33.3 million smartphone units.
Huawei beats Ericson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung in 5G technology
Market researchers continue to show that Huawei is a leader in 5G network infrastructure development and sprinting ahead of Ericson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and more for 5G tech contribution.
According to a new report from ABI Research, Huawei is leading all the 5G innovation campaigns in the world more than its competition in terms of 5G technical contributions and approved contributions to 3GPP contribution.
The list of contributors includes 20 top firms and Huawei outnumbered others with 15,266 approved contributions and 43,753 total contributions.
Ericson follows with 11,601 approved contributions and 36,375 total contributions. Nokia comes third and has 7,553 approved contributions along with 23,112 total contributions.
The entire 5G contributor is binding up with network infrastructure vendors (Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, and NEC), Chip vendors (Qualcomm, Intel, and MediaTek), network service providers (China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, and AT&T).
There are also UE suppliers (including Vivo, OPPO, Apple, and Xiaomi), governments/institutions/SDOs/academic institutions (consisting of CATT, ETRI, Fraunhofer HHI, GSMA, and 5GAA), and R&D companies (InterDigital).
Furthermore, it has software/testing Suppliers (Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu, and Keysight Technologies) and some vertical companies Siemens and Mitsubishi.
Currently, there are 400+ companies and entities that are contributing to the 3GPP standard. However, only a few are playing the role of active 3GPP 5G promotion. Among these, the network equipment makers are very active in comparison to others.
As of last year, over 210,000 5G standard essential patents announced globally. This includes 47000 patent families. For your information, a patent family includes multiple patents that are applied for in different countries and enjoy common priority.
Furthermore, China has 18000 patent families, accounting for 40% of the world. This makes the country first in the world.
Talking about the Chinese tech giant, Huawei has always been a leader in network infrastructure equipment manufacturing. The company is promoting new standards of network infrastructure development to provide better assistance for global customers.
All of these advancements in technology rely on Huawei’s big R&D investment. According to the 2022 Annual Business results, Huawei spent 61.5 billion yuan, accounting for 25.1% of the last year’s revenue.
That’s how, Huawei keeps on talking about the new evolution of 5G such as 5.5G, which lacks its both top rivals Ericson and Nokia.
Failure rate of Apple’s iPhones is more than Huawei: CEO
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Yu Chengdong said that the failure of Apple’s iPhones reached more than Huawei smartphones. The mobile chief’s latest comment came during the recent electric vehicles forum in China.
Yu Chengdong explained that the situation with Huawei was different when he first took on Huawei’s mobile business. The failure rate of Huawei phones was huge as compared to Apple. But now, it’s the opposite, the failure rate of Apple’s iPhones is many times greater than Huawei phones.
Huawei mobile head said that the current quality of Huawei phones is achieved by continuous hard work to fill the gaps created by technological challenges. Also, the entirety of the product quality is derived from quality system management and capability enhancements.
Bugs after release:
Over the past years, Huawei immensely increased the quality of its smartphones. However, with the last two models, there are reports that Apple is continuously trying to add new features to iPhones but these phones brought in a lot of bugs for the consumers.
My iPhone 14 pro max is far the buggiest iPhone I’ve used in a LONG time.
-Keyboard haptic/sounds randomly change
– keyboard is slow when on WhatsApp calls
– battery getting worse
Is it just me?? (iOS 16.2)
— The Tech Chap (@TheTechChap) January 14, 2023
iPhone has low-key innovations in terms of adding new features to smartphones. But when it actually tries to feed something new, some bugs massively disrupt the iOS.
During the Huawei Consumer Business Quality Conference in 2017, Yu Chengdong emphasized that Huawei has the highest priority for quality. It is above cost, profit, and everything else.
Yu reiterated that his company is focusing on quality and consumers. He said Huawei will defend the gold standard of the brand by providing quality and better experience.
“The pursuit of greater excellence also requires our team to continue to optimize, to remind ourselves to keep improving, to break through the impossible, to win the love of more users, and to meet greater challenges in the future.” concluded Yu Chengdong.
Huawei recently released the P60 series and Mate X3 foldable phone. The company ensured that these two flagships are made with all of the innovations for the best customer user experience.
These two device lineups bring in a unique HarmonyOS-powered software experience that is bug-free and provides a smoother user experience.
Huawei upgrades Asia’s R&D with $20 million investment in Singapore
Today, Huawei launched Huawei OpenLab 3.0 Asia-Pacific, which aims at new Singapore R&D operations to innovate new solutions for products needed in the Asia Pacific region with a new $20 million investment.
This will help Huawei and its partners to jointly collaborate and combine expertise and technologies to speed up digital transformation across various divisions and businesses.
Huawei OpenLab was officially launched in Singapore in 2016. To date, it has welcomed over 6000 industry visitors from the APAC region and forged collaborations with more than 100 partners to create customer-centric solutions.
Besides Singapore, Huawei has established OpenLabs in locations that include Suzhou, Munich, Istanbul, and Dubai, jointly developing and launching technologies and solutions with more than 400 partners worldwide.
Goh Pei Sheng, Vice President of Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) joined the opening ceremony. For your information, DISG is a platform of the Singapore government that engages with the technology sector. Over 60 partners and guests from the technology and public sectors, industry associations, and universities also attended the ceremony.
On the OpenLab 3.0 project, Huawei invested $20 million USD to upgrade research and development operations in Asia pacific. The new investment will help Huawei to collaborate with local partners to create customer-centric and innovative scenario-based solutions that truly meet regional needs.
Based on its considerable capabilities in wireless and optical networks, storage, cloud, and AI, Huawei has developed a range of integrated solutions like Smart Campus, Smart Classroom, and Smart City.
“Cloud OpenLab” a partner-oriented solution integration & verification platform on cloud architecture was also launched at the ceremony.
Collaborating with customers allows the solutions to be better tailored to meet needs through joint innovation. Collaboration often results in new ecosystems that deliver the digital transformation of public service, finance, transportation, energy, and many more industries.
During the event, two Huawei partners, Simon Chung, President of Global Business at Chinasoft International, and Jeffrey Yam, Director-Founder of Maxxmedia International, discussed their journey of collaboration with Huawei that resulted in incubating Smart Campus and Smart Classroom solutions.
“The booming digital economy in APAC will lead to new innovative services and applications. To accelerate the digital transformation of industries, a more open and diversified industry ecosystem is required”, said Mr. Nicholas Ma, President of Huawei APAC Enterprise Business Group. “OpenLab 3.0 is a global technology platform for local partners, customers, and institutions of higher learning in APAC. It explores joint solutions based on the demands of various industries and continuously contributes to building the Digital APAC.”
Mr. Jun Zhang, President of Huawei APAC Public Affairs and Communications said “Standing for Platforms, Innovation, Professionalism, Experience, and Skills, PIPES delivers targeted talent programs for individuals from all walks of life, to foster an inclusive talent ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region. OpenLab 3.0, a platform for innovation, experience and know-how sharing, exemplifies our talent-centric commitment, and is set to emerge as a pivotal hub for talent cultivation across the region.”
“OpenLab 1.0 to 2.0 have been looking at tomorrow from today’s perspective. OpenLab 3.0 is about cooperating with our partners to look at tomorrow from the day after tomorrow’s perspective and explore more possibilities in the future through our comprehensive innovative R&D capabilities and investment. Incubating and enabling more future-oriented local applications and innovative solutions, while promoting them to the entire Asia-Pacific region to support the digital transformation of various industries.” said Mr. Foo Fang Yong, CEO of Huawei International.