Some customers who preordered seem likely to get their smartwatch earlier than expected, while new buyers in a hurry may be able to pick one up at a fashion outlet.
So much for last year's uptick. But even with an overall decline in the first quarter, the top two players -- Lenovo and HP -- eked out higher shipments.
The two Korean companies top global rankings with a combined market share of nearly 38 percent.
The six smartwatches running Google's mobile operating system for wearable devices grabbed only 15.6 percent of the smart-band market last year, says research firm Canalys.
In the fourth quarter, four of the top five tablet makers saw shipments tumble. That lone uptick wasn't for Apple or Samsung, and certainly not for Amazon.
For the first time ever, shipments of Android smartphones fell in the holiday quarter.
That gave Google's mobile operating system 81 percent of the worldwide market in 2014, compared with 15 percent for Apple's iOS.
If Morgan Stanley's prediction of 69 million iPhone shipments is accurate, the figure would far surpass the 51 million iPhones that Apple actually moved during the final quarter of 2013.
Shipments of Chinese handsets for 2014 have totalled over 450 million, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global total, set to exceed 50 percent by 2016.
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