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Research places Samsung as No.1 smartwatch vendor

This year is going to be huge for wearable devices, with Samsung, Apple and Pebble (surprised much?) leading the charge.

Apple recently announced the release date for its highly anticipated Apple Watch, a device with a price ranging from some £200 to a stunning £11K model, and Pebble, Kickstarter's favourite child, reportedly shipped more than a million devices since its conception.

However, among all these facts and figures, it's Samsung who gets all the limelight – according to new research published (opens in new tab)by analyst firm Statista.

It was none other than the Korean giant who shifted 1.2 million smartwatches in 2014, making it the biggest selling smartwatch brand in the world.

With these numbers, Samsung takes up 18 per cent of the market share.

However, as Wareable writes (opens in new tab), the report's definition of a smartwatch is somewhat vague. According to the report, a smartwatch is a "wrist-worn device with indication of time and wireless access to the internet."

"We're also dubious of the figures given that, with that definition, it'd be the Fitbit Charge and Surge models that qualify Fitbit's supposed 600,000 sales. Given these devices were only made available very late in the year, we're not sure Fitbit could have sold that many,“ Wareable writes.

Samsung, who has had a tough last year, is looking to have a much better 2015. After getting hammered on three different fronts by Apple, Micromax and Xiaomi and losing the 'world's biggest smartphone seller' crown, the company made two new Galaxy models which have already received 20 million pre-orders.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.