China-based Huawei took the second-place spot from Apple in a tightening global smartphone during the second quarter of this year, according to figures released on Tuesday by International Data Corporation.
South Korean consumer electronics titan Samsung remained the top smartphone maker, shipping 71.5 million handsets, but Huawei moved into second position with shipments of 54.2 million, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Silicon Valley-based Apple shipped 41.3 million iPhones, claiming 12.1 percent of the global market compared to 20.9 percent for Samsung and 15.8 percent for Huawei.
It was the first time since early 2010 that Apple wasn't in one of the top two spots in the smartphone market, according to IDC.
The iPhone did well, with the top-of-the-line iPhone X model a big seller in many markets, according to IDC.
Apple was expected to wrest back control of the market with the release of new iPhone models in the fall.