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Canalys: 12M Apple Watch units were shipped in 2015

Canalys: 12M Apple Watch units were shipped in 2015

After Juniper, we have Canalys releasing its wearable shipment numbers. Whereas both research firms claim that Apple dominated the smartwatch market in 2015, the former says the Cupertino giant captured 52% of the market, while the latter thinks the number is closer to two-thirds of the market, with a total of 12 million Apple Watch units shipped.

According to Canalys' estimates, the Gear S2 smartwatch helped Samsung return to second place in Q4, while Pebble was third. Huawei came in fourth, establishing itself as the leading Android Wear vendor.

"Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five million shipments in the fourth quarter," according to Analyst Jason Low.

When it comes to basic bands, their shipments exceeded 37 million units for the year, with Fitbit dominating the category. China's Xiaomi took the second spot with 12 million Mi Bands shipped during 2015.

Fitbit also led all vendors across the entire wearable bands segment in Q4, followed by Apple and Xiaomi.

Canalys defines basic wearable bands as devices serving a specific set of purposes that act as accessories to smart devices, are designed to be worn on the body and not carried and cannot run third party computing applications. On the other hand, smartwatches are defined as multi-purpose devices that serve as accessories to smart devices, are designed to be worn on the body and not carried, run an operating system and are capable of running third party computing applications.

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