When it comes to Android, there is only one name you can “currently” use – Samsung. But Samsung seems to have lost interest in innovation after banning Huawei while it has outgrown Android updates for Galaxy devices.
Huawei was banned in 2019, and since then, the Chinese tech giant has continued to lose the smartphone market due to a lack of chips and Google apps.
Although the company continues to push for a return to its homeland, the global market remains in a major recession. The void created by Huawei has been filled by many smartphone companies including Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, etc.
Before the US ban, Huawei was achieving double-digit growth in the global smartphone market. The former subsidiary – Honor contributed significantly to the growth of the rocket ascent.
At the time, Huawei was climbing to new heights as a hub for Android devices, leaving Samsung behind in the second quarter of 2020.
According to Counterpoint and Canalys’ smartphone charging market share report for the second quarter of 2020, Huawei shipped more than 54.8 million devices, while Samsung shipped 54.2 million. With this number, Huawei overtook Samsung for the first time in the number one position.
After the ban:
As the ban began to emerge, Huawei smartphone sales began to decline due to reduced production and slowing sales in the absence of core Android services and Google apps.
After that, the company continued to see negative numbers in the chart, which resulted in it falling out of the top 5 smartphone sellers in a consecutive year.
However, this was an “opportunity” that Samsung might be looking for. The outcome of this entire scenario results in a significant void of market share left by the Chinese tech maker, ready to be taken over by Apple, Samsung and other Chinese companies.
Android and Samsung:
yes! Android is an area that is not limited to Samsung as there are the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo and others. However, Android is currently showing its interest in Samsung and there is a clear bias that you can see Google is doing with other phone makers.
Of course, Samsung is the market leader and the largest natural distributor of Android and Google services. So why isn’t Google siding with Samsung?
But it’s clear that Samsung has taken that number one spot and its current prowess is unshakable even without new innovations.
Let’s evaluate briefly:
In 2020, Samsung launched the S20 series and Note 20 series. These phones are equipped with highlight technology, a large sensor, a 64MP space zoom, and a 108MP camera. On the other hand, Huawei was the first to launch Periscope Zoom with the Huawei P30 Pro in 2019.
There was nothing unique about these Samsung devices from a design perspective at all. However, these phones offer additional Android software support*.
Moving on, the Samsung S21 series was a design revamp in terms of the camera system. The unit is now attached to the frame, which looks decent but the rest of the specs remain the same. In 2021, Samsung killed the Note series and introduced foldable phones in the second half of the main slot with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3.
This year, this company launched the S22 series with the inclusion of the Ultra model that fills the shoes of the Note phone. How? The company kept the S21 and S21 Plus design language on the S22 and S22 Plus models.
Meanwhile, Samsung focused on the S22 Ultra and made it look great with a lot of specs on paper, and the Exynos chipset failed to impress consumers. While there were a lot of consumers who were freaked out by the bugs caused by Exyno’s side.
Furthermore, the Fold 4 and Flip 4 are the same devices that shipped in 2021. However, the only thing Samsung has come up with is the “extra” Android updates.
One UI and Android:
Since 2020, Samsung and Android have strengthened their cooperation and partnership. This increased Android’s trend towards Samsung.
Earlier this year, Samsung confirmed To deliver 4 years of Android (major) and 5 years of security updates. To some extent, that’s more than Google’s own Pixel devices.
Among the numbers, Samsung’s Android-based software One UI works without major changes. There are no new improvements in One UI after Android 10. We’re talking about animations, speed, fluency, battery consumption, user interface, and every aspect you can imagine.
Even if we can call it copy or steal, Apple has its own way of getting features out of Android and mastering them with new innovations like Dynamic Island, which is something unique despite being inspired by Android.
Even with the latest version – One UI 5.0, Samsung has kept the One UI interface as it was with One UI 4.1, which is as crazy as it sounds.
EMUI and HarmonyOS:
After the ban, Huawei jumped into the research lab, launched HarmonyOS in 2019, and the company introduced the P30 and Mate 20 series in the same year. Both have a different design and come with huge software and hardware capabilities like the Kirin 980.
These phones made a noticeable impact in the global market and got the best rated phones of the year.
Even under the ban and exit from GMS, Huawei launched the P40 series and the Mate 40 series. These two phones do not come with Android services, but they are a beast on their own and the design of these two flagships is bigger than that of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Note 20 Ultra.
Want to talk about folding? Yes, Huawei also has different types of foldable devices, even more than Samsung including the inside, the outside, and the face as well.
With the ban and the lack of 5G, Huawei has also launched massive devices – the P50 and Mate 50 series that have really innovative features in both cameras, software and design aspects.
The difference in action came after the introduction of HarmonyOS 2 for smartphones. In 2021 alone, Huawei has upgraded more than 200 million devices on HarmonyOS, including more than 100 models and it is one of the biggest major software updates in the world.
That’s not all, Huawei has gone two steps ahead and filled HarmonyOS with a lot of new features that outperform Android and even iOS. These include app snippets, new widgets, large folders, and the great “super device”.
Do you want to know about innovation?
Huawei has made HarmonyOS so compatible that it can run on 128KB of memory device. You can imagine the potential and the compatibility it brings to consumers.
Do you think we’re going to stop him here? no!
With the introduction of EMUI 12, Huawei has brought the HarmonyOS user interface and proven it among Huawei smartphone users around the world. The result looks much better than the last generation EMUI and older phones – the Mate 10 and P20 series also got this new software installed.
Despite the little-known Android rule, Huawei still applies new software tactics to older phones that are better than Samsung.
A few words:
For more than a decade Samsung has achieved a lot and this is commendable but in the last couple of years Samsung has become just a brief lacking in new features or innovations. While Samsung became a second-hand iPhone in the absence of competition from Huawei, backed by Google Companion for unlimited access to Android.
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