Gartner analysts released data on global smartphone sales in the first quarter of the year. The company that deals with consulting, research and analysis in the field of technology has quantified in 2.7% the decline in the sector. This period is not concerned with the Huawei crisis.
In Q1 2019, the Chinese multinational has increased its sales by 44.5% and maintained its second position in the standings further reducing the gap that separates it from the top occupied by Samsung, results obtained thanks to the excellent performance in Europe (+69 %) and in the home market (+ 33%).
And if Apple’s third place and the fourth of Oppo were rather obvious, for the fifth box a real brawl took place that saw Vivo prevail, with 27.4 million smartphones sold. Xiaomi is out of the top 5 with 27.2 million smartphones.
Concerning Huawei “case”, Anshul Gupta, senior research director of Gartner reported that any lack of Google apps and services in Huawei products will disrupt its business, the company sells about half of its smartphones outside China. In addition, the latest events generate concern among Huawei’s potential customers , so the short-term business will also be reduced.
Meanwhile, the short-term impact of the provision announced by Google was the subject of statements by Pablo Wang, head of the Huawei Consumer Business Group in Spain: sales suffered a sharp drop of between 25 and 30% in three days following the explosion of the media “bomb”, but now in some Spanish regions the numbers have returned to the levels of the beginning of the month.
The manager, however, stressed that the cold numbers do not represent the most important aspect for the company: the object of the efforts, curiously, would be the satisfaction of the customers to be achieved through the quality of the service offered, before and after sales. Pressed by questions about Google services, Wang reiterated that already marketed smartphones will continue to be supported, but at the current state of affairs, it cannot be said that Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will receive Android Q.