Huawei shipped more phones for the first time in the second quarter of 2020 than any other manufacturer, market analyst Canalys reports. This means that for the first time in nine years there is a different market leader than Samsung or Apple.

Canalys writes that Huawei shipped 55.8 million phones in the second quarter. At Samsung, that number was 53.7 million. Compared to the same period last year, Huawei shipped 5 percent fewer phones. Samsung saw a larger decline in that period, at 30 percent.

According to the market researcher, Huawei has sold more phones because of the corona virus. The company was able to take advantage of the economic recovery in China, where Huawei sells 70 percent of all its smartphones. Samsung has only a small market share in the country.

Canalis analyst Mo Jia says it is likely to be difficult for Huawei to hold this position in the long run. That is why governments and companies in Europe, for example, are increasingly careful with the purchase of equipment from the company.

Huawei is struggling in the west. The United States is convinced that China is spying via Huawei. The country has therefore banned Huawei. Due to sanctions, Huawei is also not allowed to use Google services and apps in its phones. That is why the company is working on its own app store and services.