Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch slips to 52% global smartwatch marketshare

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the prior quarter.

 "Global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy 223% annually from 1.3 million units in Q1 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016,” says Rajeev Nair, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Global smartwatch growth is being driven by consumer demand for Apple, Android Wear and Tizen models across North America, Western Europe and Asia. On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48%from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016, dipping from 63% share in Q4 2015. Samsung shipped 0.6 million smartwatches, capturing 14% marketshare worldwide for second position. Apple Watch and Samsung Gear models are expanding fast across dozens of countries, but competition from LG, Motorola and others is ramping up fast."

Cliff Raskind, Director at Strategy Analytics, concludes: "Now that many Apple early adopters have their smartwatches and all of the holiday gifts have been unwrapped, it would seem the honeymoon for version 1 of the Apple Watch is over. Future traction for Apple Watch 2 will be closely linked to compelling apps that better exploit the usability of wearable tech, while offering autonomous 4G connectivity and enhanced battery life -- all if which are in rather short supply today."