Fitbit leads wearables, Apple Watch sales slip: survey

September 6, 2016
The global wearables market, including the FitBit, grew 26.1 percent from a year ago

Fitbit extended its lead in the market for connected wearables in the second quarter amid a sharp drop in Apple Watch sales, a survey showed Tuesday.

The survey by research firm IDC said the global wearables grew 26.1 percent from a year ago to 22.5 million units.

Fitbit, which recently introduced its Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness bands, captured 25.4 percent of the market with sales growth of nearly 29 percent, IDC said.

Chinese electronics group Xiaomi was second with a of 14 percent, with modest sales growth of 2.5 percent, according to the survey.

Apple, which introduced its smartwatch a year ago, saw a 56.7 percent year-over-year drop in sales of the device, IDC said.

Apple, which does not release official sales data for the smartwatch, captured just seven percent of the overall wearables market with 1.6 million units sold, according to IDC's estimate.

The California company has scheduled a media event Wednesday where it may unveil an updated Apple Watch along with a new version of its iPhone.

IDC analysts said the market is bifurcating between basic wearables with a single function and more complex devices that accept third-party applications and functions like communication and mobile payments.

IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said basic wearables accounted for 82.8 percent of , and more vendors continue to enter this space.

"Smart wearables, meanwhile, are still struggling to find their place in the market," Llamas said. "There is plenty of curiosity about what smart wearables—particularly smartwatches—can do, but they have yet to convince users that they are a must-have item."

Explore further: Wearables market races ahead, paced by Fitbit, Apple

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Solid-state catalysis: Fluctuations clear the way

February 18, 2019

The use of efficient catalytic agents is what makes many technical procedures feasible in the first place. Indeed, synthesis of more than 80 percent of the products generated in the chemical industry requires the input of ...

Engineered metasurfaces reflect waves in unusual directions

February 18, 2019

In our daily lives, we can find many examples of manipulation of reflected waves, such as mirrors, or reflective surfaces for sound that improve auditorium acoustics. When a wave impinges on a reflective surface with a certain ...

Design principles for peroxidase-mimicking nanozymes

February 18, 2019

Nanozymes, enzyme-like catalytic nanomaterials, are considered to be the next generation of enzyme mimics because they not only overcome natural enzymes' intrinsic limitations, but also possess unique properties in comparison ...

Sound waves let quantum systems 'talk' to one another

February 18, 2019

Researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have invented an innovative way for different types of quantum technology to "talk" to each other using sound. The study, published Feb. 11 in Nature ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.