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IDC Report Shows Apple Watch Sales Grew Over 38% Since Last Year

The latest worldwide wearables market report from IDC shows that Apple enjoyed a healthy 38% growth in sales over the same quarter last year but WearOS by Android manufacture Huawei was the overall biggest gainer.  The report compares sales data from second quarter wearable sales from 2017 to those of the second quarter for this year and is worldwide in scope.

For Apple, the Apple Watch shipped 4.7 million units in the 2nd quarter of this year, up over the 3.4 million shipped in the same quarter for 2017.  That yields a year-over-year growth of 38.4%.  It also means that Apple holds the overall wearables lead when it comes to marketshare at 17% with the Apple Watch.

The biggest gainer by far in the report was Huawei.  The Chinese company, who makes WearOS by Android-based wearables, saw a 118.1% increase year-over-year, selling some 1.8 million units.  That bumped their marketshare to 6.5%, up from 3.1% in 2017.

The biggest loser was Fitbit.  They saw a 21.7% decrease in year-over-year growth, shipping just 2.7 million units this year versus 3.4 million in the previous second quarter.

IDC Wearables Report - September 2018

IDC Wearables Report – September 2018

According to the IDC report, emerging markets are where the growth happened for everyone, including Apple.

Meanwhile, emerging markets, inclusive of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America, grew 14% year over year as basic wristbands are still in high demand (due to the low price) and smartwatches also gained traction.

In comparison, the mature markets of North America, Japan, and Western Europe, saw a 6.3% decrease year-over-year.

For the complete report, head over to IDC.

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