Apple Watch beat FitBit and other wearable gadgets
The electronics’ giant, Apple, sets a record high for its Apple Watch in the fourth quarter of 2017. Beating up FitBit’s old record according to a research. Apple’s smart devices are often criticized due to its “unfriendly” sharing features. Well, actually, the public doesn’t seem to mind.
The company shipped 8 million Apple Watches in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to Canalys research. The FitBit was the record holder shipping 6.1million units in the fourth quarter of 2015.
“Apple has won the wearable game”, said Jason Low. Senior analyst at Canalys. The giant shipped a total of 18 million Watch devices throughout 2017. That’s 56 percent increase from its 2016 record.
“Despite innovative designs, such as the rotating bezels and circular screens employed by other vendors, Apple has pulled far ahead as it continues to focus on its core iPhone user base,” Low added. That’s because, Apple Watch’s competitor Android Wear, like the Samsung Gear S3 and Huawei’s Watch 2. These are compatible to both Androids and iPhones. Unlike the Apple Watch that’s very limited to their own Apple’s ecosystem alone.
Apple’s 2017 wearable success is in large part thanks to its September-released Watch Series 3. It has a cellular connection feature which you can make a call from your Watch.
The firm said, it actually did well in US, Australia and Japan where it was sold over the holiday season.
It’s same with what Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a call, “It was our best quarter ever for the Apple Watch,” he said, “with over 50 percent growth in revenue and units for the fourth quarter in a row and strong double-digit growth in every geographic segment.”
When it comes to volume, Apple’s closest competitor is Chinese company Xiaomi and its inexpensive Mi bands. Apple was leading to 23 percent while the Xiaomi is in 21 percent and FitBit at 20 percent.