- Huawei has managed to overtake Samsung as the top-selling smartphone on a global level for the past quarter
- This is according to Canalys, an industry tracker that noted that strong domestic demand had fueled Huawei's success in recent times
- The Chinese-owned firm remains under US sanctions and faces falling overseas sales
Huawei has managed to become the top smartphone worldwide, overtaking Samsung for the number-one spot. This is according to Canalys, an industry tracker that reported Huawei had shipped 55.8 million devices in comparison to Samsung, which shifted 53.7 million.
This is the first time in nine years that Samsung or Apple was dethroned from the top spot, a remarkable achievement considering the difficulties facing the Chinese-owned firm.
With the United States imposing sanctions, Huawei managed to grow its impressive local market, dominating over 70% of sales.
However, Canalys analyst Mo Jia warned that this might be short-lived with China's market "not enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover".
The US, which launched a global campaign against Huawei in addition to the sanctions, has managed to convince the British government to remove the company from its 5G network within the next decade.
Amid growing pressure to elbow the company out of the market, the US has also requested that executive Meng Wanzhou be extradited on fraud charges.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recently promised that the government will be re-evaluating the alcohol ban on a regular basis.
The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister says that the state wants to limit the impact on the economy and jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown. The minister filed the government's reasons for the return of the ban in response to legal action taken by wine farmers.
Dlamini-Zuma had denied any intention of prolonging the ban in court papers:
"It is contemplated that the suspension of the sale of liquor will be re-evaluated with regularity as government aims to also limit hardships facing the economy and individual livelihoods during this period.
"There is no desire on the part of government to leave this prohibition in place for longer that it is regarded necessary," she told the court.
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