Apple Watch sales continue to lag Android, but Google’s Android device remains the leader
Apple Watch owners have continued to lag behind Android smartphone sales in China, with Google’s new Android-powered Android-based smartwatch market leading the way.
Apple Watch shipments in China dropped to more than 100 million units in March, from about 160 million in March 2016, according to data compiled by market research firm Gartner.
Apple sold a smaller percentage of Apple Watch units in China than Android phones, with just 8 percent of those shipments coming from China, while the Android-backed Android Wear device market was up from 2 percent to 5 percent.
Google, meanwhile, sold 2.5 million Android Wear devices, up from 1.3 million in the previous quarter.
Google also sold more Android Wear watches than the other three manufacturers combined, with Apple selling 3.7 million, while Samsung sold 1.7.
Samsung was the only other smartphone maker to report a drop in its Android Wear shipments, but LG had a strong showing, with shipments of 6.3 percent, while Huawei and Oppo each had 5 percent growth.
Android Wear sales in South Korea dropped to 2.4 million units from 6.5 percent in the same quarter last year, while shipments of Apple’s Android Wear smartwatch fell to 1.9 million units, from 1 million units last year.