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IDC: Apple Continues to Lead Global Wearables Market, Huawei Make Big Gains

Wrist-worn wearables accounted for the majority of the market with 63.2 per cent share

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When a user makes an SOS call, their Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number. Pixabay

Riding on the popularity of wrist-worn and ear-worn devices, global shipments of wearable devices reached 49.6 million units during the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, up 55.2 per cent from the previous year, the International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Friday.

The top five wearable companies by shipment volume, market share, and year-over-year (YoY) growth in Q1 2019 included Apple at the top spot followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 25.8 per cent, 13.3 per cent and 10 per cent market share, respectively.

According to IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker”, wrist-worn wearables accounted for the majority of the market with 63.2 per cent share while ear-worn devices experienced the fastest growth (135.1 per cent YoY) and accounted for 34.6 per cent of all wearables shipped.

“The elimination of headphone jacks and the increased usage of smart assistants both inside and outside the home have been driving factors in the growth of ear-worn wearables,” Jitesh Ubrani, Research Manager for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, said in a statement.

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The elimination of headphone jacks and the increased usage of smart assistants both inside and outside the home have been driving factors in the growth of ear-worn wearables. Pixabay

The Apple Watch became highly successful at capturing unit share, but more importantly dollar share as the average selling price (ASP) of these watches has increased from $426 in Q1 2018 to $455 in the latest quarter.

“Looking ahead, this will become an increasingly important category as major platform and device makers use ear-worn devices as an on-ramp to entice consumers into an ecosystem of wearable devices that complement the smartphone but also offer the ability to leave the phone behind when necessary,” Ubrani said.

Xiaomi ranked second due to the popularity of its Mi Band, which accounted for roughly five million shipments, while Huawei ended the quarter with a market-beating growth of 282.2 per cent.

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Huawei’s success in the wearables market has been directly tied to its success in smartphones as the two products are often bundled together, said IDC. (IANS)

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Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.3 to Fix Bugs: Report

Once clicked on Download and Install, it will do its work to bring the device up to date

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple released iOS 13.1.3 along with iPadOS 13.1.3, minor updates to the iOS 13.1.2 software that was released few days back, to fix bugs and upgrade performance.

The iOS 13.1.3 update addresses an issue that could prevent device from ringing or vibrating for an incoming call. It also aims to resolve an issue where data in the Health app may not display correctly after daylight savings time adjusts, Apple said in a release.

The new update also fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup and more.

Meanwhile, the iPadOS 13.1.3 update fixes an issue that may prevent opening a meeting invite in Mail. It also fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup.

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Additionally, the update addresses an issue where apps might fail to download when restoring from iCloud Backup.

The iOS and iPadOS 13.1.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air.

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To download the new update a user need to go to the Settings on the device and then choose General, then Software Update.

Once clicked on Download and Install, it will do its work to bring the device up to date. (IANS)