Online Learning Update

June 28, 2017

Wearables Market Continues Kick in First Quarter

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

During 1Q17 both Xiaomi and Apple shipped 3.6 million wearable devices (with a slight bump by Xiaomi over Apple), compared to Fitbit’s 3 million, IDC reported. Korean behemoth Samsung came in fourth with 1.4 million shipments. The overall wearables market grew by almost 18 percent year over year, compared to 17 percent last quarter. Currently, producers are still “seeding wearables” in the market, added Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. “It’s all about getting people accustomed to the idea of wearing a device.” The next stage “will be all about putting user data to good use,” he said. “This is when step counts translate into healthier hearts and minds. And it’s also when we will start to see devices that actually augment our abilities and make our lives easier or more productive rather than just being another screen we keep an eye on.”

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