Huawei is making ever-increasing waves in the global smartphone market, new figures indicate.
According to data from Gartner, the manufacturer increased its market share to nine per cent between January and March 2017.
This compared with 8.3 per cent in the same period of the previous year.
It means that Huawei is slowly but surely closing the gap on its rivals in the worldwide smartphone market, such as Apple and Samsung.
“Huawei has now steadily held the third spot in the worldwide ranking of smartphone vendors,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.
Samsung continued its grip on first place in the rankings, with a market share of 20.7 per cent in Q1. However, this is down from 23.3 per cent a year earlier.
Apple, meanwhile, saw its market share fall to 13.7 per cent, down from 14.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2016.
However, with Apple gearing up to unveil its iPhone 8 device later on in the year, the figures probably indicate that people are holding off on upgrading their handsets until the new model is out.
As a result, Apple is unlikely to be too concerned about this decline in its market share.
Across the world, sales of smartphones to end users reached 380 million units between January and March this year, which is 9.1 per cent up on the first quarter of 2016.
Gartner added that mobile phone buyers are increasingly spending more to get a better handset, thereby pushing up the average selling prices.