Apple dominates wearable market in Q1 with 53% of sales in the sector

Apple dominates wearable market in Q1 with 53% of sales in the sector
First quarter market share figures for the global wearable market have been released, and they show that Samsung is now in second place after surpassing Fitbit. Sammy's latest smartwatch release, the Gear S3, helped the company garner 12.8% of global wearable sales during the three months from January through March. Fitbit, known mostly for its fitness bands, was responsible for 12.2% of wearable sales in the period. On top of the wearable market for the first quarter of 2017 was Apple. Thanks to the Apple Watch, the tech titan was responsible for 53% of the sales recorded in this sector.

The Samsung Gear S3 has proven to be popular thanks to its long battery life, support for mobile payment service Samsung Pay, and a dedicated GPS capability. There are actually two different variants of the watch; the Gear S3 Frontier features LTE connectivity. The Gear S3 Classic is a stylish watch without cellular connectivity, and both models run on Tizen. 

Looking at actual shipping data instead of sales, Apple remained on top for the first quarter, delivering 16% of the products shipped in the wearable market during that period. Xiaomi, which sells the cheap Mi Band 2, was second in shipments with 15.5% of the market. As we pointed out, Fitbit finished behind Apple and Samsung in wearable sales during the first quarter. The company also finished third in global shipments, with 12.3% of wearable deliveries made during the period from January through March.

The wearable market is still relatively new and it is way too early to pick winners and losers in the sector. But at this point, the numbers don't lie, and it would seem that Apple has taken early control.

source: Yonhap via AndroidGuys

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31 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Samsung is now in second place after surpassing Fitbit. Sammy'slatest smartwatch release, the Gear S3, helped the company garner 12.8% of global wearable sales"... It was just about matter of time! Gear S3 so badass.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Xiaomi won 1st place with 14.7% if you go with the usual source (IDC)http://i.imgur.com/h8RKiZU.pnghttp://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS42707517 the real source for this PA's article isn't really clear, and I'm not sure why iPhonearena didn't use IDC's report as source /s and samsung did have solid growth (90.8% increase over last year)

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"and samsung did have solid growth (90.8% increase over last year)" That's impressive news!

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2946; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

ibend...you forgot to tell everyone that xiaomi lost market share. /s http://m.idc.com/item/prUS42707517/paragraph/3707771

2. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Sammy fanboys: "I don't care about sales, I don't have shares on any company" Now that it surpassed Fitbit: "Samsung ftw!" "You go Samsung!" *Smh

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Shut up rotten fruit sheep. Samsung fans are generally smart and have critical thinking. We know how we spend our money on something that is really worth the price. Unlike you iWhorshippers who know nothing about tech but just follow another group of sheep just because you think Apple is status symbol. You guys are lame and pathetic as it suggests.

11. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Actually it's the opposite, it's been already proven that apple users have better academic education and are smarter, and you're just providing more evidence of this point by your comment and your language, thanks. I actually don't use apple as a status symbol, I use it because it's the best option available and I'm not throwing my money to the trash bin investing on something different, I have used many platforms, many brands so I know what I want and where to invest my money. Good luck in your delusional world, I hope someday you could be a better person

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet this site proves you are wrong. Also 1.4B people use Android. You're claim that Apple has the larger percentage of smarter people is BS. Even if it was true on paper, it certainly isnt in real life. You and your troll machine proves that.

28. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Techie the liar is crying!!!!!!

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Apply a generous amount of butthurt cream to sooothe the burn, and stay away from these types of articles while you heal.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're literally the only retard who said that in this comment section.

12. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Keep it up boy, you're doing a great job, I guess your parents must be proud of you *thumbs up

16. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Tedkord don't cry now.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Funny how no one said that but you. You must be a Samsung Fanboy pretending to be a troll. Oh wait...you're just a troll!

27. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg, you're definitely reading comments selectively or just forgot to read the first thread on this comment section or just forgot your own post below, there you're saying that you want the real numbers, then I see on other threads that "sales don't matter", you see my point? It's proven thanks to you and your boyfriends who are always back and forth on their ideas, sales don't matter to you when Samsung is in disadvantage but when it's about Samsung gaining market share you all think the opposite, such a childish attitude, but anyway, don't reply anymore with a long essay full of misspellings, thanks in advance ;) (but hey, I gotta recognize that at least you didn't misspell on this one I'm replying to, kudos!!!)

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No debate, without Samsung's help, Android would've been a bottom. Samsung doesn't need Android, but Android need Samsung. Smartwatch market shares have spoken

6. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Samsung doesn't need Android in smartwatches but it definitely needs it in phones.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung killed it with the Gear S3, and it getting iPhone compatability was just great. I sold my Series One Apple Watch, cause I just didn't need it anymore.

18. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

No one cares, Darrkmite.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yet you replied.

30. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Doesn't mean that I care, darkkmite.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You replied again.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

NoToFanboys check post 15. That didn't take long lol.

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

There is no competitor for Apple Watch and numbers are showing this. Hey Techie (and all your copies) where are you?

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You sold your Apple Watch????? Because you just didn't need it anymore?!?!!?!?!? Dude thank you soooooo much for sharing that!!!! I look forward to the next Apple article so you can regurgitate about how your iPhone is in a drawer unused!!!!

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, pay no attention to darkk. As you can see, he's just trying to get attention.

19. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Last I checked, the Gear line had multiple watches prior to the Apple Watch and most tech journalist said Apple was too late to the party much like the Homepod. 2.5 years later, Apple has over 50 percent market share and most journalists don't even want to talk about smart watches especially Apple Watch.....that is until the Gear passes Fitbit. Now it's because the Gear is a "Great" smart watch....GTFOH!!!

20. AxelFoley unregistered

With Apple's 53% market share, would you say that it is a better smart watch than the Gear S3? In terms of battery life, payments, user interface, LTE stand-alone capability, how much better is the Apple Watch than the Gear S3?

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But telling us the percentage of the sales, isn't saying how many. I mean in 3 month, combine only 10,000 total sales could have been done with Apple having 53%. I want to see sales numbers to know how many are actually being sold. Not how many are being shipped. I want to see all numbers for all 3, as to how many have been registered to an owner.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As we know, sales don't decide what's best. I've owned the original and series one Apple Watch, and the Gear S3, and 2 blew them both away. Apple Watch doesn't suck, but it's not even close to the Gear S3.

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