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Apple Watch Drives Global Smartwatch Shipments Growth in Q1 2019

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Despite a much weaker demand for the iPhones, the Apple Watch shipments grew an impressive 49% year-on-year (YoY) in Q1 2019. According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Global Smartwatch Tracker, one in three smartwatches sold during the first quarter was an Apple Watch, which played a massive role in smartwatch shipments worldwide.

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Counterpoint analyst Satyajit Sinha pointed out that the ECG capability in the Apple Watch is its most desirable feature, which has now been approved in a total of 20 countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK:


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“The heart rate sensor for health monitoring, GPS and pedometer sensors for fitness, and NFC embedded for payment are some of the key integrated technologies. Related use-cases and in addition to notifications with cellular capability are driving the smartwatch adoption. However, limited battery life remains a pain point for consumer’s decision-making process, irrespective of region and price band.”

Samsung, Fitbit, and Huawei also contributed to global smartwatch shipments which grew 48% YoY in Q1 2019. Samsung grew exponentially at 127% YoY as the Korean brand’s market share jumped to 11% during the first quarter. Similarly, Huawei’s market share jumped to 3% in Q1 2019 due to good traction for its latest Huawei Watch GT.

You can get more information regarding the research here.

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