July Cautiously, Apple reported that the Apple Watch expanded strongly in the second quarter of 2018 with 3.5 million products sold worldwide, leading to a 30% year-over-year growth. Today we learn that the most popular Apple Watch worldwide for Q2 was actually the original Apple Watch Series 1 model. According to Counterpoint's latest consumer report, Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market with 41% although it dropped 7% from 2017.
Comment on Commenting on the big shift to LTE added to Apple Watch, Satyajit Sinha, Counterpoint Research Analyst, said, "Apple is catalyzing the trend of a smartwatch as a stand-alone portable device with the adoption of cellular connectivity, which is driving the new wave of cell-connected wearables worldwide News for mobile operators. The market researcher Flora Tang added: "Proprietary platforms continue to dominate the smartwatch market. The smartwatch engine is powered primarily by Apple's watchOS or Fitbit OS, or Samsung's sole acquisition of Tizen OS and several variants of RTOS implementations, and all are closed platforms.
The move to Android Wear OS is not quite what we've seen on Android for smartphones, due to less focus, less intuitive UI, and selective Google Smartwatch OEM partnerships the last few years for the operating system Androidwear.
The following graphic from Counterpoint shows us what the most popular smartwatches in Q2 2018 and Apple Watch Series 1 were took at the top spot .. Apple's Series 3 model came in fourth place.
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