Wearable band shipments soared 684% in the first half of the year, says Canalys

Wearable band shipments soared 684 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014, according to the latest stats from industry analyst firm Canalys.

Fitbit leads in the basic wearable band category, while Samsung leads the smart band market. Smart bands are capable of running third-party apps, while basic bands are not, according to Canalys.

Wearable band shipments rocket by 684%

Jawbone placed second in the basic wearable band market, and Nike took third with Garmin in hot pursuit, says Canalys.

In the first seven months of the year, Samsung released Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live, which is based on the Android Wear platform released by Google at its I/O developers conference.

"Android Wear represents an initial first step by Google. It will undoubtedly continue to refine and improve the Wear platform as it has done with Android," comments Canalys analyst Daniel Matte.

Pebble takes second place in the smart band market in the first half of 2014, and Sony comes in third.

Canalys predicts the wearable band market will see "dramatic change in the coming months," as Apple prepares to launch a wearable band that is likely to include innovations related to wireless charging, waterproofing, and display and battery technologies.

For more:
- check out the Canalys release

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