The lowest satisfaction rankings were for internet service providers and cable TV.

Motorola Z4 5G

While we may not see it here for a while, Motorola has a new Z4 that fits Moto Mods – one of which is a 5G add-on. It’s selling via Verizon USA for US$4399 including a 360° camera Moto Mod.

The Z series is Moto’s flagship line, but it has cut specs to bring in as the lowest cost 5G phone in the US. It has a Qualcomm SD675, 4/128GB/microSD, 6.4-inch OLED, 3600mAh battery, 48M<P rear and 25MP front cameras with Night Mode, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The 5G Moto mod also has a Qualcomm X50 modem, supports hotspot mode, has a 2,000mAh battery, weighs 127g and will also work on the Z3-series. Smart thinking.

ITy Bytes 8 June

Wearables may be coming of age

A few years ago wearables were an answer to a question no one had asked. IDC says Global shipments of wearable devices reached 49.6 million units during the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), up 55.2% from Q4, 2018.

63.2% of the market was wrist-worn wearables (smart watches and fitness trackers and 36.4% was ear-worn (135.1% year over year).

Top 5 Wearable Companies by Shipment Volume, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2019 (shipments in millions) – Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearables Tracker, May 30, 2019

Company 1Q19 Shipments 1Q19 Market Share 1Q18 Shipments 1Q18 Market Share Year-over-Year Growth
Apple 12.8 25.8% 8.6 26.8% 49.5%
Xiaomi 6.6 13.3% 3.9 12.3% 68.2%
Huawei 5.0 10.0% 1.3 4.1% 282.2%
Samsung 4.3 8.7% 1.7 5.3% 151.6%
Fitbit 2.9 5.9% 2.2 6.8% 35.7%
Others 18.0 36.3% 14.3 44.8% 26.0%
Total 49.6 100.0% 31.9 100.0% 55.2%

Now before you get excited Q1 is usually a bumper time as a lot are given as gifts (as is Q4), and the world may change significantly in Q2, 2019 with the US Presidential Order.

ITy Bytes 8 June

Apple Watch, AirPods, and select Beats headphones have the highest average selling price (ASP). The latest AirPods with optional wireless charging and an increased ASP have made an impression. Apple had a large Chinese market share that appears to be dropping as its iPhone sales tank there.

Xiaomi has Mi Band, which accounted for roughly five million shipments, mainly in China but a growing proportion is selling Europe and the Middle East.

Huawei ended the quarter with market-beating growth of 282.2%. A lot of the success has come via bundling these with smartphones.

Samsung has Gear/Galaxy watches/bands, Galaxy Buds, and select JBL headphones. Samsung also bundles with phones. The JBL range performed well due to a range of options at a lower cost. Samsung has a very small Chinese market.

Fitbit Versa Lite, as well as the Inspire series, has helped the company reach new users as well as encouraging upgrades, although at the expense of a lower ASP.