Canalys: Wearable band shipments up 684 percent, FitBit and Jawbone lead

Summary:Basic wearable bands drove much of the growth so far this year, but Samsung remains strong and leads in the smart band segment.

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Wearables: Fit For Business?

The explosion of interest in wearable computing is one of tech's fastest rising trends. While big moves from Google, Apple, and Samsung will likely attract a lot of attention, we're going to examine the broader potential that wearables hold for driving innovation in business.

The first half of 2014 was a busy one for wearables. According to industry analyst firm Canalys, the wearable band market grew 684 percent globally when compared to the same time period the year prior.

Canalys uses device shipments to come up with its figures, and segments the bands into "smart" and "basic" categories.

Fitbit and Jawbone lead the basic category in first and second place, respectively. Nike saw its market share continue to slip in this segment, while Garmin's vivofit device made positive gains.

In the smart band category, Samsung took the top spot once again. The tech giant's win was bolstered by its release of three wearable bands during the first half of the year: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Pebble took the second place spot, with Sony rounding out the top three. 

"Fitbit and Jawbone have very successfully grown and strengthened their relationships with channel partners internationally to grow global shipment volumes," said Canalys VP and principal analyst Chris Jones. "The challenge all vendors face is keeping consumers engaged with the devices, 24 hours a day, seven days a week." 

Topics: Mobility

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Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail tec... Full Bio

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