Huawei beats Microsoft; ranks third among global smartphones

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A Huawei logo is seen above the company's exhibition pavilion during the CommunicAsia information and communications technology trade show in Singapore June 19, 2012. Reuters/Tim Chong

After earning a global market share of 7 percent in the second quarter of 2015, Huawei has surpassed Microsoft as the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. In the same quarter last year, Samsung was the top player in the global smartphone segment, followed by Apple and Microsoft respectively. As Huawei captured only 4.8 percent market share, it was ranked as the fourth largest smartphone maker in Q2 2014, according to research reports.

A research done by Strategy Analytics says, Huawei shipped 30.6 million mobile phones and captured a record 7 percent global market share in the second quarter of 2015. According to Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, Huawei is witnessing growth in all regions across the globe, especially in China, where its 4G models like the Mate 7 have been very popular. It is for the first time that, Huaweil has surpassed Microsoft to become the third largest mobile phone vendor in the world.

Huawei unveiled the Ascend Mate 7 at the 2014 IFA event held at Berlin. The 6-inch Android KitKat based smartphone sports a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels alongwith a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, reports Tech Times. Recently, Huawei announced that it has generated 175.9 billion yuan (about $28.3 billion) in revenue in the first half of 2015, which is a 30 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou told Reuters that Huawei achieved stable and healthy growth in three business segments, namely, telecom, consumer device and enterprise business. "We are confident that we will maintain effective growth and steady and healthy development in all business segments in 2015,” said Wanzhou.

Meanwhile, Microsoft shipped 27.8 million mobile devices and grabbed 6 percent marketshare globally in Q2 2015. “Microsoft’s 6 percent global mobile phone marketshare is sitting near an all-time low. Microsoft continues to lose ground in feature phones, while its Lumia smartphone portfolio is in a holding pattern awaiting the launch of new Windows 10 models later this year,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics.

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