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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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‘AirPods Pro’ with Noise Cancellation Feature may Debut this Month

Recently, an icon found in iOS 13.2 revealed how the new AirPods will look like

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Apart from noise cancellation feature, these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use. Pixabay

Apple is expected to launch its “AirPods Pro” with noise cancellation later this month and might be priced as high as $260.

Apart from noise cancellation feature, these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use, the Verge reported on Friday.

Recently, an icon found in iOS 13.2 revealed how the new AirPods will look like.

The iOS 13.2 beta which the iPhone maker released contained a small gray-and-white menu icon that seemingly reveals the company’s AirPods Pro is in works.

The iPhone maker might also launch a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor keyboard, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags items trackers soon.

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The iOS 13.2 beta which the iPhone maker released contained a small gray-and-white menu icon that seemingly reveals the company’s AirPods Pro is in works. Pixabay

The company hosted an event last year on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City and in 2019 it is again expected to hold the event around the same time.

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Apple has several products lined up for its October event, including a 16-inch MacBook Pro, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags. As per the report, the 16-inch MacBook Pro might feature a 3072×1920 resolution display. (IANS)