Strong good year-end sales, the firm Canalys analysts published a year ago a study announcing the take-off of the market of the ‘ wearables ‘ for 2014. The American analysts felt while connected bracelets would become major products and leave the niche of geeks.
They then projected 8 million connected bracelets sold in 2014, then 23 million in 2015 and the final $ 45 million in 2017. 12 months later, it is far from the account. Apple has not marketed its Apple Watch and the first Android Wear watches did not take off the market alone.
Android Wear did not persuaded customers in 2014
According to the figures put forward by Canalys, 720,000 devices under Android Wear were sold in 2014. A figure that is not impressive since a year earlier, Samsung flowed to him only 800,000 Galaxy Gear. It is Motorola with its 360 motorcycle which is placed Chief leader of this market, before LG with its new G Watch R. Even though Apple has still not launched commercially his Watch Apple, Android Wear does not really emerged on the market.
Pebble is still there and there, with 1 million watches sold since its launch in 2013. This connected watches market is still largely immature and, says Chris Jones, Vice President and senior analyst of Canalys: ” Samsung has launched 6 devices in just 14 months on different platforms, but continues to dominate the market of intelligent bracelets. He however struggles to maintain the commitment of its clients and to much to do to attract developers while they put the emphasis on Tizen across its wearables. »
In total, it sold 4.6 million connected bracelets in 2014 (a category in which Canalys integrates Smart Watches). A rather distant figure of the expected 8 million.
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Source : “Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014”, Canalys, February 11, 2015