Smartwatch shipments jump almost 50% as Apple still leads the pack

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According to Strategy Analytics, Apple continues to lead the pack by a wide margin. The Cupertino firm shipped 6.8 million of its Apple Watches in Q3 2019, up 51 percent compared to the 4.5 million units it shipped during the same quarter last year. It now holds 47.9 percent of the smartwatch market, up from 45 percent during Q3 2018.

Second-place Samsung also saw its smartwatch business improve this year. It experienced a 73 percent YoY increase as unit shipments went from 1.1 million to 1.9 million, giving it a 13.4 percent share of the market.

The third main industry player is Fitbit. It also saw yearly growth, though only by 7 percent. The company’s 1.6 million shipments last quarter gave it an 11.3 percent market share, which is down from 15 percent a year earlier.

Strategy Analytics writes that Fitbit continues to underperform the smartwatch industry average and that Google’s recent acquisition of the company will probably come as a relief, though it will be interesting to see what its plans are for Fitbit and its products.

In the final ‘Others’ section, shipments were up 34 percent to 3.9 million. Overall, total smartwatch shipments reached 14.2 million in Q3 2019, up 42 percent from the 10 million units the year before, painting a rosy picture for the industry.

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p51d007

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I bought a smartwatch (samsung g3 frontier) last year for the ability to receive notifications so I wouldn't have to pull my phone out of it's case 4,304,534 (it seems) per day for phone, text, email.
Then I noticed it could track your heart rate, sleeping. I found my resting heart rate was higher than normal. Also noticed my sleep pattern was horrible. Got off the Mt. Dew, gave up soda, started walking and the heart rate came down, but I noticed my heart rate at night, was jumping up and down & my sleep pattern was horrible. After talking to my doctor on a routine visit, put me on a sleep study, found out it was sleep apnea. Been using a CPAP and what a difference! Now, my heart rate is stable in the low 60's at night and it's really funny waking up before the alarm clock, actually feeling rested.
All because my curiosity due to a SMART watch.
 

Dimitrios

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I bought a smartwatch (samsung g3 frontier) last year for the ability to receive notifications so I wouldn't have to pull my phone out of it's case 4,304,534 (it seems) per day for phone, text, email.
Then I noticed it could track your heart rate, sleeping. I found my resting heart rate was higher than normal. Also noticed my sleep pattern was horrible. Got off the Mt. Dew, gave up soda, started walking and the heart rate came down, but I noticed my heart rate at night, was jumping up and down & my sleep pattern was horrible. After talking to my doctor on a routine visit, put me on a sleep study, found out it was sleep apnea. Been using a CPAP and what a difference! Now, my heart rate is stable in the low 60's at night and it's really funny waking up before the alarm clock, actually feeling rested.
All because my curiosity due to a SMART watch.
Good to hear. I was against soda for the last 10 years. One of the worst things to put in your body. My brother and I bought my mom a fitbit last Xmas but it's really just a toy. I might actually for once buy the iwatch with cellular service and it also contacts local police or family member if she has a stroke again.

I always hate Apple but lie their iwatch line.
 
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Panda218

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I bought a smartwatch (samsung g3 frontier) last year for the ability to receive notifications so I wouldn't have to pull my phone out of it's case 4,304,534 (it seems) per day for phone, text, email.
Then I noticed it could track your heart rate, sleeping. I found my resting heart rate was higher than normal. Also noticed my sleep pattern was horrible. Got off the Mt. Dew, gave up soda, started walking and the heart rate came down, but I noticed my heart rate at night, was jumping up and down & my sleep pattern was horrible. After talking to my doctor on a routine visit, put me on a sleep study, found out it was sleep apnea. Been using a CPAP and what a difference! Now, my heart rate is stable in the low 60's at night and it's really funny waking up before the alarm clock, actually feeling rested.
All because my curiosity due to a SMART watch.
I've been using my new Samsung smartwatch for about a month and noticed the same problems with a somewhat high heart rate and terrible sleeping habits. I checked my HR and it spikes from about 60 to 75-76 randomly throughout the night. I guess I should buck up and visit the Doctor. I don't want a CPAP, but if it helps me feel well rested it'll be worth it.

Stopping my Soda intake is a work in progress.
 
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netman

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I bought a smartwatch (samsung g3 frontier) last year for the ability to receive notifications so I wouldn't have to pull my phone out of it's case 4,304,534 (it seems) per day for phone, text, email.
Then I noticed it could track your heart rate, sleeping. I found my resting heart rate was higher than normal. Also noticed my sleep pattern was horrible. Got off the Mt. Dew, gave up soda, started walking and the heart rate came down, but I noticed my heart rate at night, was jumping up and down & my sleep pattern was horrible. After talking to my doctor on a routine visit, put me on a sleep study, found out it was sleep apnea. Been using a CPAP and what a difference! Now, my heart rate is stable in the low 60's at night and it's really funny waking up before the alarm clock, actually feeling rested.
All because my curiosity due to a SMART watch.
Thanks for sharing...After Fitbit bad decision I will buy an apple watch soon and sell the Versa....
 

p51d007

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I've been using my new Samsung smartwatch for about a month and noticed the same problems with a somewhat high heart rate and terrible sleeping habits. I checked my HR and it spikes from about 60 to 75-76 randomly throughout the night. I guess I should buck up and visit the Doctor. I don't want a CPAP, but if it helps me feel well rested it'll be worth it.

Stopping my Soda intake is a work in progress.
Don't let them talk you into the "at their place" sleep study, opt for the less expensive home study. It's not as accurate, but, if you have sleep apnea, it WILL show up! I've had mine a week and the sleep difference is night and day!
 

Dimitrios

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Don't let them talk you into the "at their place" sleep study, opt for the less expensive home study. It's not as accurate, but, if you have sleep apnea, it WILL show up! I've had mine a week and the sleep difference is night and day!
I was told by my customers I might have that issue too. Probably explains why I have mostly no lack of energy most mornings.
 

bviktor

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Good to hear. I was against soda for the last 10 years. One of the worst things to put in your body.
Not really. It's just that Americans think that soda = caffeine + sugar. Neither is actually true. I drink plenty of (sugar and caffeine free) soda and my heart rate is around 58-60, even at work.

Spare me from the "but but diet soda also kills you" broscience, I'm yet to see actual scientific evidence on that. So far I've only seen blogposts from 20 yo girls in art school. Once I read one where she said stevia is sweet, therefore it also messes up your insulin levels. Like yeah, chemistry totally works like that lol.
 
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Shadowboxer

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I’ve had quite a few smart watches and the only two I’ve owned that were worth it was the old pebble time and the Apple Watch. Every single android wearable I used was a heap of garbage, not only that but the Samsung gear I had looked like a cheap knock off G-shock.

Bring back Pebble! E-ink and buttons, loved it.