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Xiaomi Mi Band No.2 in World’s Top Shipped Wearables, Will Apple Watch be Next?

With a record shipment of 2.8 million units in the first quarter of 2015 (Q1), Xiaomi’s Mi Band is the world’s second largest seller of wearables, said a report by IDC.

The Xiaomi Mi Fitness Band, priced Rs 999 ($15) comes close behind the Fitbit which has been shipped 3.9 million units in Q1,2015. Xiaomi’s Mi Band, manufactured by Huami Technologies, comes with fitness and sleep tracking functions and can be paired with the main smartphone for alerts.

It had hit the Chinese market first in August 2014 and since then has entered India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Finally it entered the US market today, crossing the European shores. The Mi Band is by Huami, which also makes Xiaomi’s smart scale.

IDC report said that a total of 11.4 million wearables were shipped in 1Q15, a 200% increase from the 3.8 million wearables shipped in the first quarter last year 2014. Ramon Llamas, research manager of wearables at IDC said, “It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors’ ability to deliver a diversity of devices and experiences. In addition, demand from emerging markets is on the rise and vendors are eager to meet these new opportunities.”

With the arrival of Apple Watch soon, analysts expect a growing competition in the segment for wearable gadgets. “The Apple Watch will likely become the device that other wearables will be measured against, fairly or not. This will force the competition to up their game in order to stay on the leading edge of the market.”

Otherwise, the worldwide wearable device market (commonly referred to as wearables) recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of steady growth in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15).

Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers said: “We now see over 40% of the devices priced under $100, and that’s one reason why the top 5 vendors have been able to grow their dominance from two thirds of the market in the first quarter of last year to three quarters this quarter. Despite this price erosion, Apple’s entrance with a product priced at the high end of the spectrum will test consumers’ willingness to pay a premium for a brand or product that is the center of attention.”

Some Wearable Vendor Highlights:

Fitbit started 2015 the same way it ended 2014: as the clear market leader in the worldwide wearable device market. Fitbit’s first quarter shipments were driven by the release of three new devices (the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge) along with continued demand for its older Flex wristband and One and Zip clip-on models.

Xiaomi started off the year by blasting through the one million unit mark with its Mi Band for the first time, a significant feat made all the more impressive considering the device just started shipping during the second half of 2014. Similar to its smartphones, Xiaomi’s Mi Band was delivered primarily within its home country of China, but recent announcements point to more global aspirations for the company.

Garmin’s wearable device portfolio spans multiple areas of health and fitness, including activity tracking, running, hiking, golfing, triathlons, and multi-sport. The majority of Garmin’s devices are GPS-enabled to track location and distance, and some leverage the company’s ConnectIQ third-party applications to record activity, show notifications, and news.

Samsung’s fourth place finish came from worldwide demand for its Gear smartwatches. Since its debut in 2013, the Gear portfolio has diversified to include the Tizen-powered Gear, Gear 2, Gear Fit, Gear 2 Neo, Gear S, and the Android-Wear powered Gear Live. What has limited Samsung, however, is the ability for Gear devices to connect only with select high-end Samsung smartphones.

Jawbone beat Pebble and Sony for fifth place, a result driven by the release of its UP MOVE and continued demand for its nearly year-old UP24. The company will release two new devices in the second quarter of 2015, with the similarly-functioning UP2 and the mobile payments-enabled UP3. The company maintained its design strategy of no displays, but again touted its predictive data engine to encourage healthier lifestyles.

Top Five Wearables Vendors, Shipments, Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2015 Data (Units in Millions)


1Q15 Shipment Volumes

1Q15 Market Share

1Q14 Shipment Volumes

1Q14 Market Share

Year-over-year Change

1. Fitbit






2. Xiaomi






3. Garmin






4. Samsung






5. Jawbone



















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