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Samsung leads the smartwatch market

Samsung dominated the smartwatch market in 2014
Top 10 smartwatch sales
The makers of the Gear family of smartwatches dominated the market last year with over 1.2 million units sold, almost 18 percent of the total global sales.

While Apple Watch may become a huge success later this year, last year was clearly dominated by Samsung, who sold most smartwatches. According to recent sales figures published by Statista, the global smartwatch market exceeded 4 million units last year, and Samsung sold almost 18 percent - about 1.2 million units.

Next in line are Pebble (700,000 units), FitBit (600,000 units), Sony, Lenovo, LG, and Garmin, all with sales from 400,000 to 550,000 units during 2014. The top 10 ends with Withings, Polar, and Asus, with 170,000, 150,000, and 120,000 smartwatches sold during the given time frame.

Samsung's smartwatch lineup consists of multiple devices powered by Android Wear, as well as Tizen OS. Tizen-powered Gear S, for example, is a standalone wearable with SIM card slot and 3G connectivity that can work without the need of a smartphone companion to pair with.

According to Strategy Analytics forecasts, Apple will sell over 15 million smartwatches and the global market will grow to over 28 million units. If this turns out to be true, Samsung will lose the crown but, as usual with such forecasts, this remains to be seen.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-12 (Update: 2015-03-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.