Global smartphone sales fell 2.3 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2019, according to preliminary data from market research firm IDC.
In the second quarter of 2019, smartphone providers shipped a total of 333.2 million phones, an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous quarter.
China and the US saw the biggest quarterly decline, but the decline in China in the first half of 2019 was less severe than the second half of 2018, suggesting a slight recovery in the largest single market in the world.
The Asian region – with the exception of Japan and China – continues its strong pace from 2018, with sales increasing by more than 3 percent in the quarter, fueled by growth across India and several markets in Southeast Asia.
IDC said that despite uncertainty about Huawei, it was able to maintain its second position in terms of market share. Samsung, Huawei and Apple lost much of their market share while Shaomi, Opo and Vivo won.
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Anthony Scarsella, director of research at IDC, said: Although the market is still low, productivity in the second quarter shows that demand is rising as the market begins to stabilize again.
The main engine in the second quarter was the availability of significantly improved mid-range devices, which brought with them designs and features that required a significant reduction in price.
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Samsung maintained its first position in the market in the second quarter and returned to its annual growth of 5.5 percent with a total of 75.5 million smartphones delivered.
Huawei saw shipments drop 0.6 percent from the first quarter of 2019. Chinese shipments represented 62 percent of Huawei's total shipments in the second quarter, reaching 36.4 million units.
Apple delivered 33.8 million new iPhones in the second quarter of 2019, a significant decline from the same period last year.
Shawy saw a small annual decline this quarter with 32.3 million smartphones, while Obo achieved good results in China and India, with China and India accounting for nearly three-quarters of their shipments in the second quarter of 2019.