Hong Kong — China’s Huawei Technologies, which overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor in the June quarter, forecast global smartphone shipments exceeding 200-million in 2018, a recovery after a sharp slowdown in 2017. That would represent a 31% growth in shipments for 2018. Huawei had shipped 153-million smartphones in 2017, up just 10% over 2016. Its shipments had grown by 29% in 2016. Company executives said at a briefing on Friday Huawei shipped more than 95-million smartphones in the first six months, adding it was possible it could become the world’s number one player in the fourth quarter of 2019. The shipments forecast comes as a slowdown in the world’s biggest smartphone market, China, has eased. Huawei has also managed to get ahead of rivals by selling more feature-packed phones, analysts said. "It’s no question that we become the number two next year; in quarter four next year it’s possible we become number one," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer...

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