As a whole, IDC said, the wearables market jumped 127 percent in the 4Q15, and 172 percent for the full year of 2015. A total of 78.1 million units were shipped by all vendors worldwide, IDC said.
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Garmin and Samsung rounded out the top 5 vendors, with full-year sales of 3.3 million and 3.1 million units respectively.
Although Xiaomi outsold Apple for the full year, 12 million to 11.6 million, remember that Apple was only in the market for three quarters. (Xiaomi sold 1.1 million trackers in 2014, so it too experienced tremendous growth.) In the fourth quarter, Apple sold 4.1 million watches to Xiaomi’s 2.7 million — and at a far higher price — putting it in the second position.