Canalys says Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry in Q4 2017

Besides luxury chocolates and a neutral geopolitical outlook, Switzerland is known for its precision timepieces. But in this day and age it would appear that smartwatches beat out Swiss watches when it comes to units sold. In fact, based on fourth quarter stats computed by market researcher Canalys and the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, the Apple Watch alone outsold Swiss watches in the three month period that ran from October to December.

Since Apple doesn’t release Apple Watch sales, Canalys had to estimate that over 8 million units of the Apple Watch were shipped during the final …


Canalys: Huawei ends Oppo's two quarter reign as China's top smartphone manufacturer

Analytical firm Canalys says that during the first quarter of this year, Huawei was the top smartphone manufacturer in China. That ended Oppo’s two quarter reign at the top. Still, it was a photo finish at the wire. From January through March, Huawei (pronounced “Wah-weigh”) shipped 21 million handsets in China resulting in a market share of 18% for the company. Oppo was right behind as it delivered a bit under 20 million units.

With shipments in the ballpark of 17 million for the first quarter, Vivo was in third place. Those three smartphone producers together accounted for half of all …