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Huawei chief: Apple and Huawei would have dominated the market, Samsung irrelevant

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In a game “could, should have, should have”, Huawei chief executive Richard Yu shared his views on the hypothetical state of the mobile market in 2022 had the US not imposed sanctions on Huawei. According to Mr Yu, “If the US did not intervene and suppress… [Huawei]The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturers may be Huawei and Apple.”

In addition, shots were fired towards South Korea as the Huawei CEO bundled Samsung with all the other rivals who claimed that the “Others are small manufacturers, including the Korean company (Samsung), which may be sold primarily in the US and South Korea markets.”

Calling Samsung a “small factor” definitely doesn’t sound right, as Huawei has spent years trying to catch up with the South Korea-based company. Unfortunately, when it overtook Samsung, Huawei slumped due to the effects of the trade ban hitting hard.
As a refresher, Huawei has gradually crept up to the top of the phone market that has traditionally been ruled by Samsung and Apple. In April 2020, an entire year after the infamous US trade ban went into effect, Samsung briefly outperformed the market. At the time, driven by strong sales in mainland China, Huawei surpassed Samsung with a 2% market share and accounted for 19% of all global phone sales, while Samsung’s share was 17% due to lackluster Galaxy S20 series, all according to Counterpoint Research’s 2020 stats.
It is certainly not possible to know how things would have turned out if the US didn’t get Huawei on the Entity List and essentially maintained its ban on trade. This prevented Huawei from using Google’s Play Services framework, taking away one of the most vital aspects of a modern Android device. The Entity List also prevented the company from partnering with a company that operates in the United States, and also prevented them from receiving advanced chips.

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