Apple Watch Dominates Smartwatch Market Despite Losing Ground to Rivals

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Smartwatch shipments increased by 12 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020. While the Apple Watch still dominates, it lost some market share the first three months of the year.

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Apple Watch Still Market Leader, But Shipments Fell in Q1 2020

In total, 14.3 million units were shipped despite the COVID-19 pandemic according to data from Canalys. Of those, 5.2 million were Apple Watches. That equates to a market share of 36.3 percent, more than double second-placed Huawei’s 14.9 percent share. The report also noted that “WatchOS gained 4 million new active users during the quarter,” leaving the total installed base at 70 million. While the numbers are good, they do actually mark a downturn for the Apple Watch. Shipments of the device were down 13 percent year-on-year.

Canalys Analyst Vincent Thielke said:

Strong overseas demand for smartwatches helped offset the Apple Watch’s slow performance in Europe and North America, which was due to Apple customers switching their attention to AirPods as a ‘must-have’ accessory. Notably, Samsung and Garmin increased Q1 sell-in to these markets. Elsewhere, Apple and Huawei captured the greatest number of new users.

For the first time, North American sales account for under a third of global smartwatch shipments in Q1 2020. However, shipments in China grew 66 percent.

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geoduck

I found it interesting that Fitbit lost even more ground than Apple did. It used to be their field, now they seem to be way down the list, fourth place. I wonder if Fitbit is going to replay the BlackBerry story.