Smartphone sales are down 6.6% from this time last year, a new report from IDC has found, as vendors shipped a total of 310.8 million units in 1Q19 compared to 332.7 million in 1Q18.
The report also found that Samsung remained the leading smartphone provider, with a market share of 23.1%, while Huawei retained its second place since overtaking Apple last year, with 19% and 11.7% of 1Q19's market, respectively.
Despite Samsung's obvious dominance, it has lost 0.4% points since the first quarter of 2018 and shipped 6.3 million fewer smartphones. By comparison, Huawei's market share grew from 11.8% in 1Q18, a 7.2% point growth, signalling growing interest in the Chinese incumbent despite growing global mistrust of the firm and a number of countries imposing bans and restrictions on its equipment.
"It is becoming increasingly clear that Huawei is laser-focused on growing its stature in the world of mobile devices, with smartphones being its lead horse," IDC program vice president Ryan Reith remarked. "The overall smartphone market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet Huawei was able to grow shipments by 50%, not only signifying a clear number two in terms of market share but also closing the gap on the market leader Samsung.
"This new ranking of Samsung, Huawei and Apple is very likely what we'll see when 2019 is all said and done," he added.
Overall, the slump in smartphone sales signals the end of an era of customers obsessed with upgrading to the latest and most advanced models, pushing providers to diversify their portfolios to stay ahead.