03 June 2019
Apple continues to dominate in the wearable market, however, Samsung and Huawei are closing in. According to a new report by IDC, Samsung and Huawei have boosted their figures by a significantly higher degree than Apple during Q1, 2019 in the wearable market.
Chinese giant Huawei has dominated the industry in terms of growth, and has tripled its sales and doubling its share compared to Q1 2018. It has seen a record growth of 282.2%, shipping 5 million global unit shipments, while Apple shipped 12.8 million and Xiaomi 6.6 million units. Samsung shipped with 4.3 million units and Fitbit shipped 2.9 million total wearables.
All five wearable device manufacturers recorded year-on-year growth, shipping a grand total of 49.6 million unit shipments, which is up 55.2% from the same period last year. Fitbit reported the lowest surge of the top five vendors which is 35.7%, while Apple's growth rate was 49.5%.
Apple Inc has seen a decline in its market share in smartphones as well, especially in markets like China and India. Where Huawei has toppled it from the second spot, and Samsung still is number one.
“The elimination of headphone jacks and the increased usage of smart assistants both inside and outside the home have been driving factors in the growth of ear-worn wearables,” Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, said in a written statement. “Looking ahead, this will become an increasingly important category as a major platform and device makers use ear-worn devices as an on-ramp to entice consumers into an ecosystem of wearable devices that complement the smartphone but also offer the ability to leave the phone behind when necessary.”