Wearables is a popular buzzword for 2014 and the latest Q1 2014 data from Canalys shows that a total of 2.7 million wearable bands were shipped. I wrote just last week that Samsung reportedly shipped over half a million Galaxy Gear watches, which seems to match up with the figures from Canalys.
The Canalys data shows that Pebble was the most shipped smart band product in the first quarter with 35 percent of the total, followed by Sony at 29 percent, Samsung at 23 percent, and 13 percent for others. The Pebble Steel is now shipping and Android Wear products will be launching soon so the smart band category may be seeing more sales in 2014.
In looking at the basic band category, we see Fitbit lead with almost half the market share even with the Force recall. Canalys reports that Jawbone's share rose when the UP24 was released overseas, but the figures were not provided in the press release. Nike's share dropped below 10 percent so their plan to stop making hardware may have been driven more by sales than by the possibility of working with Apple on fitness bands.
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