After shipping 206 million smartphones last year (half of them sent out of China), Huawei delivered 59 million units in the first quarter of this year. That was up 50.3% on an annual basis and put Huawei ahead of Apple and trailing only Samsung in the global rankings. The company was gaining momentum as it appeared on track to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer in 2020. And then the company was hit by a disaster. Placed on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List, Huawei was essentially banned from accessing its U.S. supply chain. Major suppliers in the U.S. or those that use U.S. technology cut ties with Huawei including Google, Qualcomm, Intel, ARM Holdings and many others.Huawei itself says that it could see shipments drop by 40 million to 60 million units this year, which would result in a total of 146 million to 166 million phones delivered by Huawei in 2019. While some current and older models including the Huawei P30 series and the Mate 20 Pro will be updated to Android Q, it appears that the once eagerly anticipated Mate 30 series will ship with the company’s own Hongmeng operating system. While that is sure to dampen… Read full this story
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