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Samsung takes the crown with 1.2 million smartwatches sold in Q4

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Samsung is on top of the global smartwatch market for the fourth quarter of 2014

Samsung is on top of the global smartwatch market for the fourth quarter of 2014


According to data just released this week, Samsung was the leading smartwatch manufacturer in the world for the fourth quarter. During the period from October through December 2014, the company sold 1.2 million timepieces. That easily topped the 700,000 units sold by Pebble during the same period. Fitbit was third with 600,000 units rung up in the quarter. Sony and Lenovo rounded out the top five with 550,000 and 500,000 watches sold respectively.

Samsung offers a number of smartwatches powered by Tizen and Android Wear. One Tizen powered model, the Samsung Gear S, is a stand-alone device that doesn't need to pair with a smartphone. It features a 3G radio and SIM card slot.

With the Apple Watch launching on April 24th, we could see some changes in the list starting in the second quarter. That period begins on April 1st and ends on June 30th. Apple has initially ordered 3 million units of the Apple Watch covering all three editions of the timepiece. Strategy Analytics forecasts that Apple will sell 15 million units of its wearable during 2015, good enough for a leading 55% share of the global smartwatch market.

source: Statista

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posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:46 1

1. KinqElessaR (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)


I see a lot of brands. All are really trying to achieve great things.

But on the other hand a new watch that shows time correctly and shares people's heartbeat?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:54 1

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3714; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"On the other hand.."

Haha. No pun intended, right?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:16 1

15. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Check this out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otUJzNtRPhw

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 20:19

40. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3714; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Not sure that I understand the relevance, but I guess that was cool.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 14:19 2

12. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3781; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


May I ask, how does it show time any more correctly than any other watch?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:30

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 3852; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Well for example...let's hope apple has finally figured out how to make daylight savings time work without an emergency patch before putting out a timepiece like they are about to. Two or three years in a row ios users ended up late for work, and each time a patch was issued claiming to be fixed only to happen again when the time change hit again.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:25

28. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Lol, oddly enough, they would show time more correctly than your average watch. A device connected to the internet would have a much more accurate time than a wind up or a quartz crystal watch.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:35 1

31. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


A device pulling time from the network it's in should never be wrong, yet ios devices managed to be wrong.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 19:48

39. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3781; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I get that, but compared to any other smartwatch, which is what the OP was getting at, there isn't any difference. It's not going to be anymore accurate than a Samsung, LG, or Motorola smartwatch. And in actuality, any smartphone is going to be more accurate than a mechanical watch as well. However, all connected devices are still getting their updates from the atomic clock which is the most accurate timepiece, not the Apple watch or any other smart device for that matter.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:49

2. WackJobs (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


2015 Q2 Smartwatch Market

1. Apple
2. Samsung
3. Pebble

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:35 2

10. JMartin22 (Posts: 1899; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I see this being the case, it might actually be a good thing though. Apple knows how to kickstart new markets. If Apple were to help the industry gain mainstream attention, it would spark even greater innovation on the advancements of wearable technology at an accelerated pace.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:07 12

21. TBomb (Posts: 688; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


In my opinion Apple doesn't know how to kickstart a market... they just have a loyal fanbase.... maybe they did when the iphone originally came out... but now, Anyone with that loyal of a fanbase could kickstart anything.

Apple coud start selling plants and they would "kickstart" a whole plant industry.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:31

24. nctx77 (Posts: 1704; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Lol! So, no other brands have a loyal fan base? You get a trophy for trying extra hard today!

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:22 1

27. TBomb (Posts: 688; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Don't put words in my mouth, nctx77. I never said they didn't. I never said the words "other" or "brands". Nor did I even MENTION another company. All I said was they have a loyal fanbase and stated MY OPINION. So get off my case and let me have my opinion without having you try to swing what I say into an argument.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:26

29. TBomb (Posts: 688; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


PS. You deserve that trophy for trying extra hard.

Amateur hour started early tonight for the instigators.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:37 1

32. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Eventually, but not yet for now it's

Samsung
Pebble
Apple.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 00:45

44. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I don't think people are foolish enough to spend 10K on a Crap.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:50 1

3. jellmoo (Posts: 1499; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I find it really hard to believe that Motorola isn't on this list...

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:51 3

4. jellmoo (Posts: 1499; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Unless it's lumped into Lenovo?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:57 3

6. nadavcool543 (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Lenovo = Motorola.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:28

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 3852; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


It will be once the update is rolled out along with the new custom options. I'd like to see it surpass Samsung at least.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 18:20

37. cdm283813 (Posts: 313; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)


Once Samsung breaks out that Edge watch GAME OVER!

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 12:57 3

5. quintessential (Posts: 62; Member since: 11 Mar 2015)


Sounds misleading cos the 1.2 million units refers to the numbers shipped to vendors by Samsung, and not actual numbers sold to end-customers.

Anyway it took an entire year for Samsung to ship 1.2 million, it will probably take less than a month for Apple to sell as many Apple Watches.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 14:21 15

13. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Where does it say that it was sold to vendors?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:40 4

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So frikkin what. Carriers are customers. Once a carriers buys from an oem, they are a customer just like you. It's up to the carter to resale the device to its own customers. Has nothing to do with Samsung.

I get so tired of you whack f**khead trolling Samsung haters. Apple counts all sells to all customers. You thing all 75M iPhones sold the last quarter were all to end users? If you do than you validate my point.

Stop trolling, stop being purposely ignorant and most all STFU.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:05 2

7. realjjj (Posts: 361; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


lol again you guys can't read, this is for the entire year 2014 not for Q4

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:09 9

14. Stuntman (Posts: 835; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


The first paragraph says, "According to data just released this week, Samsung was the leading smartwatch manufacturer in the world for the fourth quarter. During the period from October through December 2014, the company sold 1.2 million timepieces."

This is for Q4. October through December 2014.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 01:02 1

45. A.o.D (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Mar 2015)


Actually PA gave you the wrong info. These data is about 2014 as a whole not just Q4. You should have noticed it from the picture. It clearly says, "Top 10 smartwatch manufacturers by unit sales 2014". So samsung sold 1.2 million smartwatches in the year 2014. You might wanna check the source link for the actual story.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 17:25

47. Stuntman (Posts: 835; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I stand corrected. I checked the original link. Looks like the PA commentary was wrong and still isn't corrected.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:24 2

23. HASHTAG (unregistered)


"During the period from October through December 2014, the company sold 1.2 million timepieces"

I bet you wish you could delete your comment.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:10 8

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 19762; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gear S is very nice looking.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:19 1

16. nctx77 (Posts: 1704; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Poor Moto 360 in 5th place.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:25

17. xq10xa (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I have yet to see a single person wear these. I haven't seen anyone anywhere wearing this stuff. I really thought watches would catch on. Guess not.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:44 3

35. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Really? Outside of my own Gear S, I have seen at least 10 in the wild. I've seen about 3 Pebbles and I've seen 1 Moro 360.

I am sure once Apple has theirs on sale u will see more. But most are hard to see ad they look like normal watches. While the Apple junk will stand out with florescent bands.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 20:40

41. lyndon420 (Posts: 3852; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Oh...come on...they aren't that bad looking when compared to Pebble's first offering. With the current a-watch options I like the gold on black the best. But yes...95% of any elegance they were striving for went out the window when they chose to go with a square shaped display, and this is where Huawei's and Moto's watches come in and shine (they aren't anywhere near perfect yet, but the next 2 or 3 offerings are likely going to be fantastic).

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:44

19. romeo1 (Posts: 705; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Im pretty sure that if the apple watch is launched these manufacturers will all see a boost in sales. Just because there are allot of android fans will buy one the moment apple users wear one.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:14

22. lyndon420 (Posts: 3852; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nope...I firmly believe that will not be the case. The biggest problem us Android users face is choice and options - there are just too many to pick from. Apple and their OS is so deeply tied into just one OEM, so when apple makes a watch all their users see it as their only current option so many of them will understandably jump all over it. A couple years ago when us Android users were all over the idea of smartwatches iOS users bashed us because they just couldn't understand the concept and why we liked the idea. We told them that we would be ready for them to change their minds when apple announced a watch...it's here now, and we're ready to embrace them into the world of smart watches. For example, I like the moto360 but I just can't bring myself to get it just yet because in the back of my mind I'm wondering what the next OEM will bring to the table. Maybe once everything has leveled out I will finally get one.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:58

25. romeo1 (Posts: 705; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


You and others could all believe that but there is a group that just looks at what the hype is at the moment.
And when apple makes a smartwatch that celebrity's are using the people are following as long as its a smartwatch people will buy it.
The android manufacturers will see a boost but they won't sell as much as appleni guess

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:57

20. TBomb (Posts: 688; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


im one of those fitbit people!

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:29 1

30. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Again the PA iFan writers can't let an item just have a shade of limelight without mention another. I am sure Apple will sell more 9n a day, but the watch is avail except for preorder. We are talking salsa that have happened.

Anyways, I am betting the Gear S is the eating sell over the other Gear models.

I have my Gear S. It is an awesome device and still makes the new Apple Watch obsolete before it's official release.

The Gear S offers more than 3G. It has wifi, Bluetooth with support to connect to headphones or any BT devices that supports A2DP.
It had a UV, heart rate, GPS and accelerometer. It's IP67 certified against dust and water for up to 1 meter for 30 mins. Even Apple abomination doesn't offer this.

Customizations allows for you to make your own watch faces and have application links to favorite apps which Apple surely won't have.

Kudo to Samsung.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:39 1

33. Sirius85 (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Apple is going to smash that number likely within about a week. Add a few months, they'll likely add up to all of those numbers you see above combined.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 17:49 1

36. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So what. Right now we aren't talking about Apple.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 18:28 2

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 19762; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes you are. All you do is talk about Apple, every post your made here was about Apple. Come again...

posted on 13 Mar 2015, 09:22

48. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Your reading and comprehension skills needs to be fix. Why don't you go back to school and learn how they wok together.

Did I mention Apple? Yes. Was my posts solely about them? No! Big difference vs your half-@$$ implication.lol

posted on 13 Mar 2015, 13:21 1

49. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3714; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You call him out on his reading & comprehension skills, yet your post is riddled with spelling & grammar mistakes. The irony is strong with this one.

posted on 15 Mar 2015, 13:00

50. darkkjedii (Posts: 19762; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"wok"?

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 22:15

42. drunkenjay (Posts: 859; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


dont want one. i will wait until the new models come out with better battery life or something unique

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 23:26

43. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


not surprised, samsung does a lot of promotions to sell their watches including buy Galaxy S5 or NOTE 4 with free watch.

posted on 12 Mar 2015, 05:11

46. SonyPS4 (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Im surprised that Sony sell 550k smartwatch. I expect just around 100k-200k.

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