Wearable tech will break the consumer market in 2014 after the segment was buoyed in 2013 by fitness-tracking bands, one research firm has predicted, though smartwatches are expected to cannibalize more basic models from Fitbit and Jawbone. The "smart band" segment made up of smartwatches from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Pebble will reach around 8m shipments in 2014, Canalys suggests, estimating that figure will rise to more than 23m units by 2015, and in excess of 45m units by 2017.
Research firm Canalys has published its most recent App Interrogator research note covering the leading app stores in over 50 countries. According to the research firm, the app industry shows healthy growth for the download and purchase of apps on mobile devices. The company also says that the app industry for mobile devices is now a maturing market.
The analysis group Canalys has released a report detailing how they've run the numbers on the PC market for the fourth quarter of 2012, discovering that when the iPad is included in those numbers, they take 1 out of every 6 units sold. This report details PC shipments across the whole world for the fourth quarter of 2012 and makes it clear that while worldwide shipments of PCs did go up 12% year-over-year, it's Apple's iPad that seems to be making the most significant dent. Apple also leads the PC market in general.
The numbers are finally in for Q4 2010 from Canalys for the smartphone market. According to the company, Android grabbed the top spot in the global smartphone market away from Symbian. Android smartphone shipments hit 32.9 million units in the quarter.
Every time we talk about Xiaomi, we’re left with a touch of trepidation. Regardless of how you feel about their iOS copying (which is fairly blatant, regardless of what Xiaomi says), getting any Xiaomi handset is tough. They sell out in seconds — literally — and often don’t return for weeks. Xiaomi is also the top smartphone vendor in their home country of China, according to Canalys, so they must be really profitable, right? Maybe not. A regulatory filing shows Xiaomi made just over $50 million profit in 2013.
This quarter appears to have been the haymaker for Xiaomi in China as, according to analysts at Canalys, the vendor tripled shipments in three months. What’s more, it would appear that Xiaomi has done what Apple - thus far - has been unable to do: they’ve out-shipped Samsung. Samsung’s shipments fell this quarter as well while Xiaomi, Lenovo, Yulong, and Huawei all grew.
In a crowded wearable market, Fitbit reigns supreme. In Q1 2014, research firm Canalys says Fitbit occupied 50% of overall shipments, leaving the rest of the market searching for a foothold. When it came to smartwatches, though, another tried-and-true leader in Pebble is outshining the rest.
Samsung may bring more than one new smartwatch to Mobile World Congress next week as part of its Galaxy Gear wearable refresh, reports suggest, with the wrist-worn companion devices said to run Tizen rather than Android. Star of the company's Unpacked 5 show on February 24th is still expected to be the Galaxy S5 flagship Android smartphone, but industry chatter indicates upstart-OS - and, some within Samsung are hoping, savior of the company from its current position intertwined with Google - Tizen will also play a considerable role.
Fitness watch manufacturer Basis Science is reportedly looking to sell itself, with insiders claiming it has been courting Apple, Google, and others in the process of seeking a sub-$100m deal. Basis launched its eponymous watch back in 2012, though despite receiving praise for the accuracy of its tracking, has struggled to gain consumer attention among high-profile alternatives like Nike's Fuelband, Jawbone's UP24, and Fitbit's Flex.