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Xiaomi and Apple Tie for the Top Position as the Wearables Market Swells 17.9% During the First Quarter, According to IDC

The worldwide wearables market maintained its upward trajectory during the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) with Xiaomi and Apple leading all companies and multiple products experiencing double- and triple-digit growth. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, companies shipped a total of 24.7 million wearable devices during 1Q17, up 17.9% from the 20.9 million units shipped in 1Q16. Click here for more.


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All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

Smart wearables refer primarily to connected watches such as the Pebble Watch or Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and internet connected visual aids such as Google Glass. But they also include a plethora of sports performance monitoring aids, so device capabilities vary significantly.

While a relatively modest 200,000 smart wearable band devices are estimated to have shipped worldwide in 1H13, research firm Canalys believes this number will have increased five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013.

But many products are still in the development cycle. Makers of smart watches are reportedly seeing difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection moulded chassis and reviewers of Google Glass have criticised the device for its battery life and the fact that the device heats up with usage. Battery life is set to be a key issue for the sector as most wearable devices will have to be taken off in order to to charge them, limiting their usefulness.

Still, some analysts have high hopes for the product sector.  Ben Wood, chief of research at analyst firm CCS Insight hailed smart wearables as a “category with explosive growth potential”. The analyst believes smartwatches alone have the potential to reach sales of 12 million units in 2014.

“Echoing the dramatic growth pattern seen with tablets, the company believes that in an optimistic scenario sales could rapidly rise to over 100 million units in 2017 as prices crash,” he said.

Wood noted the success of products such as Nike’s FuelBand, which monitors fitness activity, have shown there is a considerable market for wearable devices targeting fitness enthusiasts. CCS Insight believes “fitness band” sales could reach 36 million units in 2017, but also warned that smartphone companions, like smartwatches with wider functionality could make pure fitness trackers redundant.

In addition to Google, Apple, Nike, Pebble and Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung, Casio, Adidas, Epson and LG are all preparing to launch wearable devices in 2014.

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Smart wearables set to rise five-fold

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Shipments of smart wearable devices are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to analyst forecasts.

Just over 200,000 smart wearable band devices, such as smartwatches, were shipped in 1H13. However, the number shipped in 2H13 is expected to see an increase of more than 500 per cent, according to analyst firm Canalys.

Korean vendor Samsung alone shipped more than 800,000 units of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the first two months after it launched in late September. According to Chris Jones, VP and principal analyst at Canalys, the vendor has established itself as the market leader in this new device segment – but it is not alone.

‘Pebble continues to grow rapidly with its smart watch,” Jones added. “iOS 7 integration and an updated SDK with additional APIs give Pebble’s partners a great opportunity to increase the watch’s appeal while maintaining its excellent battery life.’

Analyst Daniel Matte claimed that the market for smart wearables is dynamic and that this device category is “going to look very different in 12 months’ time”.

“A successful wearable device depends on the connectivity of a smart phone, which increasingly serves as the new digital hub for mobile users,” he added. “Wearables entail a unique set of constraints for vendors and platform owners more experienced with the smart phone and tablet markets.”

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New Zealand Consumers are Over the Hype of Wearables

Despite smart watches and fitness wearables adoption growing year on year, IDC’s findings suggest New Zealand consumers may already be over the initial hype of these devices. Click here for more.


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Basic Wearables Soar and Smart Wearables Stall as Market Climbs 26.1%

Despite a decline in shipments for one of the largest vendors, the overall market for wearable devices grew 26.1% year over year as new use cases are slowly starting to emerge. Click here for more.


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Fitbit dominates health and fitness wearables as basic bands exceed 9 million shipments

Total shipments of basic bands, which are mainly health and fitness trackers, exceeded 9 million units. Xiaomi followed in second place, shipping nearly 3 million Mi bands, Click here for more.


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Wearables Provides Rare Ray of Light Amid Personal Computing Downturn in Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) wearables market experienced a 65.3% year-on-year growth in shipments in the first quarter of 2016, according to IDC. Click here for more.


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Wearables Shipments to Reach 2.5 Million in Central and Eastern Europe by 2020

Wearables shipments in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have increased 78.7% year on year in the first quarter of 2016 to reach 328,000 units, Click here for more.


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Wearables Shipments to Reach 213.6 Million Units Worldwide in 2020

Two other factors driving the wearables market forward are cellular connectivity and applications. Click here for more.


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Worldwide Wearables Market Leaps 126.9% in the Fourth Quarter 2015

The worldwide wearable device market took a big step forward in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15), fueled by the growing popularity of fitness trackers and the Apple Watch. Click here for more.


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