Menu
​Somewhat unsurprisingly, Apple wears Samsung down in smart watch market

​Somewhat unsurprisingly, Apple wears Samsung down in smart watch market

“Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five million shipments in the fourth quarter."

Apple dominated the smart watch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments with industry rival Samsung once again trailing behind.

But according to Canalys estimates, the South Korean tech giant returned to second place in Q4, as the improved design of the Gear S2 saw a much better consumer reception than previous wearable efforts by the company.

Pebble came third and Huawei came fourth, establishing itself as the leading Android Wear vendor with basic bands exceeding 37 million shipments for the year.

Fitbit set a quarterly shipments record as it comfortably led the category while Xiaomi held second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015.

“Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five million shipments in the fourth quarter,” according to Jason Low, Research Analyst, Canalys.

“Strong holiday shipments for Fitbit, Apple and Garmin drove growth of over 60 percent sequentially for all wearable bands.

“Across the entire wearable bands segment, Fitbit led all vendors in Q4, followed by Apple and Xiaomi.”

According to Daniel Matte, Research Analyst, Canalys, software increasingly belongs on the wrist, and this is the direction the market is going.

“As the next step along this path, the Fitbit Blaze is the right product for the company to develop,” Matte adds.

“It is competitively priced and is still being squarely focused on fitness.”


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags ApplesamsungCanalysFitbitApple watchsmart watchwearable

Featured

Slideshows

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

New Zealanders kick-started EDGE 2018 with a bout of Super Rugby before a dedicated New Zealand session, in front of more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors on Hamilton Island.​

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session
EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018 kicked off with a dedicated New Zealand track, highlighting the key customer priorities across the local market, in association with Dell EMC. Delivered through EDGE Research - leveraging Kiwi data through Tech Research Asia - more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors combined during an interactive session to assess the changing spending patterns of the end-user and the subsequent impact to the channel.

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research
Show Comments