Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) reported on November 30, that, according to the latest numbers from IDC, Huawei sold 2.5 million smartphones in the Western Europe market, representing a year-over-year free fall of 58.7 per cent. Huawei sold 6.2 million smartphones in the same period last year. This was the largest decline in history. Given the U.S. sanctions, Huawei could not have built-in Google services, which hold a high market share in Europe. Google also took extra steps to prevent end-users from manually installing its services by checking the smartphone processor model. This sales result led to Huawei’s market share in Western Europe to fall from 20 per cent to 8.8 per cent. In the meantime, the Apple iPhone 11 obtained a 1.1 per cent growth, with a total output of 8.2 million smartphones sold. This was achieved without the help of the iPhone 12. With the free fall of Huawei’s market share, other Chinese brands, Xiaomi and OPPO achieved a 151.6 per cent and a 566.2 per cent growth, respectively. Xiaomi is now the number three smartphone vendor in Western Europe, after Samsung and Apple.

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