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  • Smartglasses in India

    by Neil Mawston | Jun 10, 2022
    India has potential to be one of the biggest smartglasses markets in the world. There are millions of affluent consumers, a tech-savvy culture, a... ...
  • WatchOS 9 is a Health Powerhouse

    by Neil Mawston | Jun 10, 2022
    Apple’s new watchOS 9 platform -- released this month -- is a health and fitness powerhouse. The AFib heart and running upgrades are particularly impress... ...
  • Smartwatches are a 3-Horse Race

    by Neil Mawston | Jun 10, 2022
    Updated research this month from our Wearables tracker shows the global smartwatch industry is now polarizing around three major software platforms. 1. Apple w... ...
  • Apple Watch Q1 Sales Record

    by Neil Mawston | May 03, 2022
    In a record first-quarter for Apple, WatchOS shipments worldwide rose a decent +11% YoY in Q1 2022. The premium Series 7 led sales, with cheaper SE and legacy ... ...
  • Garmin Solar Smartwatch

    by Neil Mawston | May 03, 2022
    We note Garmin's new Instinct 2 Solar smartwatch is getting quite a bit of attention online. It is a rugged GPS smartwatch with extensive fitness features... ...
  • Google Pixel Watch

    by Neil Mawston | May 03, 2022
    The drumbeat of rumors for a new Google Pixel Watch is getting louder. A commercial launch may (or may not) be getting closer. The Internet now claims: ... ...
  • Fitnessband Sales Drop 7% in 2022

    by Neil Mawston | Apr 27, 2022
    Global fitnessband sales fell -21% in 2021 and are excepted to further dip -7% in 2022. Xiaomi Mi Band and others are struggling against smartwatches. What wil... ...
  • Untethered VR Headset Forecast

    by Neil Mawston | Apr 27, 2022
    The untethered virtual reality (UVR) headset market continues to deliver solid growth in 2022. Smartphone-based VR is declining sharply, as standalone now... ...
  • Indonesia is a Top-10 Smartwatch Market

    by Neil Mawston | Apr 27, 2022
    New research (here) finds smartwatch shipments in Indonesia are quietly getting bigger than many folks realize. We calculate Indonesia to be the world's 10th l... ...
  • Rugged Smartwatches

    by Neil Mawston | Apr 13, 2022
    We often get asked why there are so few rugged (toughened) smartwatches on sale worldwide today. The answer is three-fold. First, extra rugged hardware can be... ...
  • India Sells 5 Million Smartwatches

    by Neil Mawston | Apr 13, 2022
    New research (here) from our Wearables team predicts a healthy 5 million smartwatches will be sold in India this year in 2022. This makes India one of the worl... ...
  • Smartwatch Sales to Grow 19% in 2022

    by Neil Mawston | Apr 13, 2022
    We forecast global smartwatch sales will grow a healthy +19% in 2022. Despite Covid, inflation and wars, the smartwatch industry will still have a good year. D... ...
  • HarmonyOS Grabs 4% Smartwatch Share

    by Neil Mawston | Mar 31, 2022
    HarmonyOS -- a rival to Wear OS and watchOS -- hit a record high of 4% global smartwatch shipments marketshare in the second half of 2021. Coming from zer... ...
  • Are fitnessbands on the final lap?

    by Neil Mawston | Mar 31, 2022
    New research (here) from our Wearables (WDE) team shows fitnessband shipments slumped -40% YoY worldwide in the final quarter of 2021. The fitband market is ta... ...
  • Huawei is Back!

    by Neil Mawston | Mar 31, 2022
    Huawei may have taken a knock in smartphones, but it is alive and kicking in wearables... New research this week from our Wearables (WDE) team shows Huawei ove... ...
  • Huawei Watch to Add WeChat Reply

    by Neil Mawston | Mar 17, 2022
    When you think "Huawei", you think "smartphone"... Few people realize Huawei is actually a very popular smartwatch brand -- among the top-5 worldwide. Hu... ...
  • Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

    by Neil Mawston | Mar 17, 2022
    Good to see Xiaomi this week promoting two important smartwatch models to its growing wearables portfolio. The Watch S1 has been on sale already sinc... ...
  • Ray-Ban Stories Smartglasses Expand into Europe

    by Neil Mawston | Mar 17, 2022
    We note this week that Ray-Ban Stories smartglasses are quietly expanding their retail footprint across more countries in Europe. First launched in 6 mark... ...
  • Fitbit Moves Fast to Recall Ionic Smartwatches with burn hazard potential

    by David Kerr | Mar 03, 2022
    On March 2, Fitbit voluntarily recalled Ionic smartwatches sold between 2017 and 2021 due to over 115 reports of overheating and subsequent burn hazards. The ... ...
  • Smartwatch Sales to Jump 22% in 2022

    by Neil Mawston | Jan 20, 2022
    New research from our Wearables (WDE) tracker predicts global smartwatch sales will grow a healthy +22% in 2022. Smartwatches, like Apple Watch, are a high-val... ...

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