When we talk about smartwatches, the thing which hit mind at first are Android Wear. Many companies have joined the race into building their own Android Wear device but the top places are acquired by Motorola, Samsung, LG, ASUS and more.
Google hasn’t yet provided any hard numbers on Android Wear shipments or sales but according to research firm Canalys, more than 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped in 2014. That’s out of an estimated total of 4.6 million smart wearable devices. The report claims that Motorola’s Moto 360 was the most popular Android Wear device and that the LG G Watch R performed better than the original G Watch.
Looking at other non Android-based smartwatches, Canalys says that Pebble shipped 1 million units between its 2013 launch and the end of 2014. Meanwhile, Xiaomi shipped more than 1 million Mi Band units, including day one sales of more than 103,000.
Chris Jones , Canalys VP and Principal Analyst , said
“Samsung has launched six devices in just 14 months, on different platforms and still leads the smart band market. But it has struggled to keep consumers engaged and must work hard to attract developers while it focuses on Tizen for its wearables.”
Analyst Chris Jones said the Android wearables suffer from poor battery life and software that was not tailored for the devices. He also forecasted that Apple will sell some 16 million smartwatches in the first year. The Cupertino giant will launch the watch in April and pose a challenge to early players in the smart wearable band business.