In the first quarter of 2020, Huawei sold 2.6 million smartwatches, which has earned the company a second place in the ranking, just behind Apple. That also puts it ahead of manufacturers like Samsung, Garmin, or Huami.
According to the Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker report by the market analysis firm IDC, Huawei managed to register 118.5% growth over the previous year, the only company to double the figures for 2019.
The report compiles information about shipments in all categories of wearables, including earwear, wristbands, and smartwatches, among other devices.
Taking all these categories into account, Huawei ranks third alongside Samsung in the number of wearables sent, only behind Apple (in first place) and Xiaomi (in second). Apple leads thanks to its Apple Watch and AirPods.
Since the US veto of Huawei in May 2019, the media have echoed the decline in sales of its smartphones (especially in the Western market), which can no longer include Google services.
This veto, however, does not affect Huawei’s smartwatches line of business, since its most modern models use its own operating system, Lite OS, which does not depend on Google services as Android does.
It is true that Huawei Watch and Huawei Watch 2 do work with the Google WearOS operating system. In contrast, the newest (and best) Watch GT, Watch GT 2, and Watch GT 2e use Lite OS and offer excellent performance.
In fact, with the Watch GT 2 series, he managed to incorporate typical activity wristband functions and more battery life into one smartwatch. They’re not the best watches on the market, but they do manage to stay on top of a monitor and a watch at a good price.
Huawei’s long-standing success in its home country of China has also contributed to its excellent sales figures. The company also relates it to its large online presence in Europe, Latin America and other Asian markets.