“Despite Apple’s success with smartphones and tablets, it is facing stiff competition in the smartwatch sector, as rival developers claim their sales are unaffected by the Apple Watch,” Luke Graham reports for CNBC.
“Tech developer Pebble established the smartwatch category in 2012 when its Pebble Smartwatch first went on sale. Despite competition from the Apple Watch, which works with the iPhone and has been available since April of this year, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky says his sales figures have improved,” Graham reports. “‘Apple has brought a ton of attention to this space,’ Migicovsky told CNBC at the Dublin Web Summit on Wednesday. ‘We’ve actually seen no material impact from Apple entering the space on our sales. In fact we’re selling two (times) the amount this year than we were last year,’ he added.”
“Earlier this week, the CEO of Fitbit, James Park, said the Apple Watch has had ‘no material impact’ on sales of the wearable activity tracker,” Graham reports. “Park added during a conference call with investors that Apple and Fitbit serve ‘very different segments’ of the market, as reported by the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. Fitbit’s revenue has grown 168 percent year-on-year, according to its third-quarter earnings report.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s revolutionary iPhone debuted on June 29, 2007.
Palm today reported that smartphone sell-through for the quarter was up 21 percent year over year. Smartphone revenue was up 12 percent from the year-ago period. — Palm, Inc., October 01, 2007
Research In Motion Limited today reported revenue for the quarter was up 27 percent in the previous quarter and up 108 percent versus the same quarter of last year. — Research In Motion, October 4, 2007
Nokia’s third quarter 2007 net sales increased 28 percent year over year. Nokia’s third quarter 2007 operating profit grew 69 percent YOY. Total mobile device volume increased 11 percent sequentially and 26 percent year over year. — Nokia, October 18, 2007
Pebble and Fitbit: History tends to repeat.
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