Samsung reigns supreme over the US smartwatch market, Pebble is also important

Samsung reigns supreme over the US smartwatch market, Pebble is also important
According to a report issued by the NPD Group, Samsung and Pebble are the only manufacturers that made an impact on the US smartwatch market since October 2013. The NPD has it that almost half a million smartwatches were sold in the US since then, with Samsung capturing 78% of total revenue (of $96 million), while Pebble’s smartwatches accounted for 18% of revenue. This means that other manufacturers held a 4% revenue share, thus being quite unimportant.

The fact that Samsung is the leader when it comes to US smartwatch sales shouldn’t surprise us. Last month, we told you that Samsung had shipped 500,000 Gear smartwatches around the world in the first quarter of the year, grabbing 71% of the global market.

NPD says that only 20 percent of consumers in the US are currently interested in buying a smartwatch. Earlier this year, we ran a poll and found similar results: most consumers don’t think smartwatches are worth it just yet. Still, in the near future, Android Wear and Apple’s rumored iWatch should drive smartwatch sales up, possibly faster and higher that we’d imagine.

source: NPD Group

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15 Comments

1. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

this also means, after the update to the gear 1 devices, that tizen suddenly takes smartwatch marketshare. :)

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Remember what Nokia and blackberry market share was back in the day pre iphone? Apple is always fashionably late. Enjoy it while it last.

3. willard12 unregistered

Remember what iphone's market share was yesterday? Enjoyed it while it lasted.

4. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Look up the Forbes article about Apple still making more money from iPhone than Android despite the fact that they have less of the market share. xD You can't buy s**t with 'marketshare' - its a meaningless f**knig term. Its like saying you dominate the marketshare for selling PBR vs. Dom Perignon. The fine champagne still pulling in more cash.

5. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Remember 'Android' comes in $19.99 cheapo phones at Wal Mart, so they make but a penny out of these phones. iOS only comes in Apple hardware. Hence the profits will always be greater. SO just cuz you have a bunch of broke idiots with pre paid android phones doesn't mean this huge market of phones = more money.

9. willard12 unregistered

When market share is 14%, yet you own 75% of profits that is impressive. That also means you've convinced people to pay $700 for a phone that costs $197 to make. It means that there are people who pay a high price for a cheap device. You're getting screwed and bragging about Apple's ability to screw you. Furthermore, Apple makes most of its sales from the US where people buy them subsidized. So, those "broke idiots" at wal-mart aren't paying much less than most iPhone users at $199 on a 2 year contract. While you say people buy "cheap androids," fry cooks at McDonald's have no problem adding $25 to their T Mobile to look cool with their iphone.

10. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Very rarely do peope pay full price for an iPhone. Usually the carriers are the ones taking that hit and making the money on the back end, hence the 2 year contract. Apple isn't 'screwing' anyone ask any iPhone user, 97% will tell you they LOVE their phone. BTW you can get an iPhone 5s in Target for $119 plus a 10% off discount at cartwheel - $108 for an iPhone 5s. Who is getting screwed? Nobody. Everyone that walks out of here with an iPhone gets a killer deal, then they can sell the f**king thing 2 years later for $150 which is more than what they paid for it lol.

13. willard12 unregistered

There goes your iphones are for rich people and android is for poor idiots who can't afford iphone argument. Now, if you can explain your way out of the original argument (14% market share) given then facts you just laid out with your $108 iphone 5s I'll be really impressed. One minute, android has such high market share because poor people are lined up at wal-mart buying cheap droids. The next minute, people can line- up at target to buy cheap iphones. You're going to have to settle the debate within your own mind.

11. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

BTW next time you order a pizza form Papa Johns or Pizza Hut, remember that Pizza only cost $1.50 to make and you paid $14.99 for it! Woopty do. Welcome to 'business'! Its how people make money lol xD

14. willard12 unregistered

Instead of comparing phones to pizza, why not phones to phones. Every high-end android costs more to make than the cheaply produced iphone. Apple charges a much higher mark-up.....hence the profits you rave about even with lower sales. It is business and I give Apple credit for convincing people to pay higher for a cheaper product. However, I don't give credit to their customers.

6. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I also hope you don't mean their stock price difference means they lost market share, they just increased the number of shares 7:1. It's still the same amount of shares. That's the only thing that has changed in the last day or so...

8. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Yes, sadly because of this thinking, Samsung needs Apple to be in the smart watch industry so that smart watches attract more attention from the consumers and it is at that time that Samsung will gain more sales.

7. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

That was to be expected. The other smart watches are simply not good enough to come close to Samsungs implementation. Now ppl will release that.

12. express77 unregistered

I'm waiting for smartwatch screen size war. Imagine a 5 inch smartwatch.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am waiting for my 8 inches gauntlet with 2000 lumen projection up to 150 inches

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