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Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time

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While global shipments fell 32 percent in the second quarter, Apple's smart wearables faced an impressive downfall - no less than 55 percent.
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Apple is a key player in a few markets, and the smartwatch market is one of them. Considering this fact, the fall of the global smartwatch market in the second quarter does not come as a surprise at all. However, while none of the other top 5 vendors had to face drops, Apple's weak sales alone were enough to drive the global smartwatch market down by no less than 32 percent.

This is the evolution of the smartwatch sales for each of the top 5 smartwatch vendors in the second quarter compared to the same period of 2015:

  • Apple - 1.6 million units and 47 percent share, 55 percent down from 3.6 million units shipped in 2Q15 (72 percent market share back then)
  • Samsung - 0.6 million units and 16 percent, 51 percent up
  • Lenovo - 0.3 million and 9 percent, 75 percent growth
  • LG - 0.3 million and 8 percent, 26 percent increase in shipments
  • Garmin - 0.1 million and 16 percent, 25 percent growth

The data mentioned above comes from IDC and does not include devices such as Fitbit Blaze and Withings Activite, both considered to be nothing more than basic wearables.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-07-22 (Update: 2016-07-23)