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Samsung takes the top three spots in the smartwatch market after switching to Google’s Wear OS.

Apple dominates the smartwatch industry, but other companies are continually altering the criteria. Samsung has managed to join Apple and Huawei in the top three smartwatch manufacturers this year.

In a research released today, Counterpoint Research discovered that the smartwatch market has risen by 27% since Q2 of 2020. The Apple Watch user base is likely above 100 million at this moment, according to one research, despite the brand losing a few points in total marketshare.

Samsung, on the other hand, comes out on top in the Q2 2021 results. In a “rapid comeback” from a difficult 2020, Samsung experienced 43 percent YoY growth. This news arrives on the heels of Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, which includes Google’s Wear OS.

Of course, Samsung’s Tizen, not Google’s Wear OS, did all of the hard lifting for this smartwatch market milestone. The Galaxy Watch 4 is off to a fantastic start, with supply already running out, but this report attributes the company’s success to the “steady popularity” of the Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2. Samsung is expected to have 7.6% of the worldwide smartwatch market, after Huawei (9.3%) and Apple (28%).

What about Wear OS as a whole? It’s in the “other” area, which isn’t labeled.

Garmin was another significant participant in the last year, with sales of its fitness-focused smartwatches increasing by over 60%, putting it in the top five and accounting for roughly 5.8% of the market. Budget smartwatches, on the other hand, have seen a 547 percent increase in sales over the last year. North America remained the largest smartwatch market, with India emerging as the fastest-growing market.

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