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Report: Smartphone shipments down globally, Huawei pushes Apple to #3 position

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International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that Q2 smartphone shipments were down just under 2 percent annually. According to the tracking firm, “the drop marks the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines for the global smartphone market.”

The report also asserts that China’s Huawei has overtaken Apple as the world’s second-largest phone maker by market share. Indeed, China manufacturers dominate, taking three out of the top five spots (or four, if one considers the iPhone is made in China).

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Also noteworthy, Samsung remains the global smartphone leader despite a 10 percent decline in unit shipments year over year. The S9 phone was a sales disappointment for the Korean giant. IDC also said that Xiaomi is gaining on Samsung or ahead in key markets such as India.

Huawei, the new number two, is considered a security risk by many Western governments. The company (along with telecoms equipment maker ZTE) has been accused of helping perform surveillance for the Chinese government.

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