Huawei Overtakes Microsoft in Mobile Phone War

Microsoft was chasing Samsung and Apple in the smartphone space. Now, itEUs chasing another competitor: Huawei. Market research firm Strategy Analytics just issued a report revealing global mobile phone shipments grew only 2 percent year-over-year to hit 435 million units in the second quarter of 2015. As it turns out, Huawei was the star performer, capturing a record 7 percent of the market.

With that boost, the Chinese handset maker ran over Microsoft. Huawei is officially the third-largest mobile phone vendor behind Samsung (first) and Apple (second). That puts Microsoft in fourth place, followed by Xiaomi in the number five position.

EUGlobal mobile phone shipments grew a lackluster 2 percent annually from 428 million units in Q2 2014 to 434.6 million in Q2 2015,EU said Woody Oh, director at Strategy Analytics. EUSmartphones accounted for eight in 10 of total mobile phone shipments during the quarter. The 2 percent growth rate of the overall mobile phone market is the industryEUs weakest performance for two years, due to slowing demand for handsets in China, Europe and the U.S.EU

Dominant Samsung Slipping

Despite its ailing profits, Samsung is still dominating. Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, offered some insight into the electronics giantEUs standings, explaining that Samsung declined 7 percent year-over-year.

In the second quarter of 2015, Samsung shipped 89 million phones compared to 95 million phones in the year-ago period. That gives Samsung a 20 percent market share.

EUSamsung has stabilized volumes in the high-end, but its lower-tier mobile phones continue to face intense competition from rivals such as Huawei in Asia,EU Mawston said. EUApple grew 35 percent annually and shipped 47.5 million mobile phones for 11 percent worldwide market share in Q2 2015. Apple outperformed as consumers in China and elsewhere upgraded to bigger-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models.EU

Why Microsoft Keeps Sliding

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