Apple still tops growing global smartwatch market

first_img $399 The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple Watch has the global smartwatch market in hand. Érika García/CNET The global smartwatch market is experiencing what one analyst called “impressive” growth. And Apple is still leading the way, by a wide margin.Manufacturers shipped 12 million smartwatches during the second quarter of 2019, a 44% increase over the same quarter last year, market analyst Strategy Analytics reported Tuesday. Much of that growth is attributable to consumers increasingly accessorizing their smartphones with fitness-focused wearables, Strategy Analytics said.Apple retained its market share crown, boosting its size of the pie from 44.4% to 46.4% on 5.7 million units shipped during the quarter. Apple Watch remains a long way ahead of the chasing pack …[and] has fended off strong competition from hungry rivals like Fitbit,” Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. “Apple remains the clear smartwatch market leader.”Apple has made a big push into the health and fitness industry, providing more health data to people through its devices, including step-counting on the iPhone and heart-rate tracking on the Apple Watch.In a January interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook trumpeted the company’s efforts in health care.”This is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ It will be about health,” Cook said.No. 2 Samsung also recorded impressive market share growth, going from 10.5% to 15.9% on 2 million units shipped. Much of Apple and Samsung’s market share growth appears to be at the expense of third-place Fitbit, which saw its share decline from 15.2% to 9.8%.”Fitbit has struggled to compete with Apple Watch at the higher end of the smartwatch market, while its new Versa Lite model has struggled to take-off at the lower end,” Mawston said. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $349 See All Post a comment Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Best Buy See It $399 Apple Watch Series 4 See It Adorama Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements • Wearable Tech Fitness See It News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $349 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Apple still tops growing global smartwatch market 18 Photos Fitbit Samsung Apple Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) 0 Tags How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Share your voicelast_img