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Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time

Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch, global smartwatch market falling 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.

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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Codrut Nistor, 2016-07-22 (Update: 2016-07-23)
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.