Despite everything, Huawei shipped more smartphones in 2019 than Apple
2019 did not start too well for Huawei. The company was poised to officially partner up with major US carriers, only to have those deals fall through. They also lost a couple of their retail partners, and combine that with the US trade ban, the US market (which is a major market), was all but closed to the company.
It turns out that it did not really matter because according to the numbers from various market research firms, such as Strategy Analytics, Counterpoint Research, and Canalys, Huawei had a fantastic year, which we imagine would have been much better had the US market been open to them.
This is because based on those figures, it has been estimated that Huawei had managed to ship around 240 million phones in 2019 alone, edging out companies like Apple who shipped 200 million devices. Samsung came in first place with just under 300 million devices, which could potentially have been Huawei had they not run into the legal issues that they did.
Also, devices like the Huawei Mate 30 series were launched without Google Play Services, but it seems that it did not quite deter customers. More recently, Huawei also seemed to suggest that they are more than happy to keep doing what they’re doing, and if the trade ban lifts, they may or may not necessarily want to go back running into Google’s arms.