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Global Smartwatch Shipments Grows, Apple Tops The Chart in Q1

Apple with 35.8 per cent led the segment, followed by Samsung at 11.1 per cent and a new Chinese brand imoo at third spot with 9.2 per cent market share by shipments.

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"Apple Watch shipments grew a solid 49 per cent YoY despite the weak demand for its iPhones," said Counterpoint Research Analyst Satyajit Sinha. Pixabay

Led by Apple Watch, global smartwatch shipments grew at 48 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in the first quarter of 2019, Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

Top nine brands contribute to 75 per cent of the market shipment and Samsung, Fitbit and Huawei grew exponentially in the quarter, said Counterpoint’s “Global Smartwatch Tracker”.

Apple with 35.8 per cent led the segment, followed by Samsung at 11.1 per cent and a new Chinese brand imoo at third spot with 9.2 per cent market share by shipments.

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“The ECG capability in the Apple Watch is the most desirable feature,” he added. Pixabay

“Apple Watch shipments grew a solid 49 per cent YoY despite the weak demand for its iPhones,” said Counterpoint Research Analyst Satyajit Sinha.

Apple continues to focus on the health-related features like ECG and fall detection in the Apple Watch Series 4.

“The ECG capability in the Apple Watch is the most desirable feature,” he added.

Apple has now received approval on its ECG features from healthcare authorities of Hong Kong and 19 other countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

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Apple continues to focus on the health-related features like ECG and fall detection in the Apple Watch Series 4. Pixabay

Huawei’s market share jumped to 3 per cent in Q1 2019 due to good traction for its latest Huawei Watch GT.

Huawei has shifted focus to sell more Huawei branded smartwatches whereas the smart bands are selling well under its HONOR brand, said the report.

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Samsung grew exponentially at 127 per cent (YoY) as the Korean brand’s market share jumped to 11 per cent in Q1 2019.

“Its success was due to the latest Galaxy watch series which came with better battery life as well as a very traditional round clock-face design,” said Senior Analyst Sujeong Lim.
(IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Releases System Updates for iPhones, MacBooks

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Just weeks after releasing the iOS 12.3 update globally, Apple is rolling out a minor iOS 12.3.1 update with bug fixes along with a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.5.

The iOS update addresses a bug that prevented the “report junk” option from appearing on applicable threads and another one that made unknown senders appear in your main inbox when they should not, web portal Ars Technica reported on Friday.

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls.

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The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad. Pixabay

For the macOS, the update focuses on fixing an issue related to the T2 chip in newer MacBook Pro computers, the report said.

A minority of members of various communities of MacBook Pro users have blamed the T2 chip for  a few issues, most notably sound problems with certain pro audio devices, however, the exact issue remains unclear.

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The iPhone-maker is expected to reveal details about much bigger changes coming in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) “special event” in San Jose on June 3, the report added. (IANS)