Apple Inc. fell from the top two global smartphone makers for the first time in eight years during the second quarter, International Data Corp. reported Tuesday. IDC said Apple’s market share grew from 11.8% to 12.1% in the past year, but it was leapfrogged by Chinese manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which grew from 11% to 15.8%, topped only by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , which fell from 22.9% to 20.9%. “The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” IDC’s Ryan Reith said in Tuesday’s announcement. “It is worth noting that Apple moved into the top position each of the last two holiday quarters following its product refresh, so it’s likely we’ll see continued movement among the top ranked companies in 2018 and beyond.” Overall, smartphone shipments declined 1.8% from the year before, the third straight quarter of declines, IDC reported. IDC released the report as Apple executives were discussing fiscal third-quarter earnings, which beat expectations thanks to higher average selling prices for Apple’s premium smartphones, even as unit sales came in lower than expected.
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