Moto 360 Leads As 720K Android Put on Units Shipped In 2014, Says Canalys
Shoppers didn’t need for selection in smartwatches final yr, however that doesn’t imply they’re gobbling up the units: Analysis agency Canalys studies in the present day that solely simply over 720,000 Android Put on-based mostly units shipped in 2014, which is round sixteen % of the whole four.6 million “sensible wearable band” shipments that occurred general. The Moto 360 has the honour of main the pack, the corporate says, and Pebble managed to remain robust because of an apps lead and aggressive pricing.
A sub-million variety of shipments throughout units and producers might hardly be stated to characterize a ripping success for both Android Put on or any of its collaborating OEMs. Motorola’s Moto 360 was apparently restricted solely by provide constraints, nevertheless, which signifies that system-makers are in all probability assessing the market precisely and cautiously, even in instances the place there’s ample demand. Lg’s G Watch R additionally apparently outperformed the unique G Watch, which signifies that OEMs utilizing Google’s wearable platform are studying key classes as they proceed to discover the market, too.
Android Put on units solely turned plentiful within the latter half of 2014, nevertheless. Nonetheless, the numbers doubtless have OEMs watching and ready to see how the market evolves from right here, provided that there’s already worth strain on a few of these (which successfully function equipment typically costing almost as a lot as mid-vary smartphones themselves). Paradoxically, it could possibly be the Apple Watch launch that determines the way forward for Google’s platform, and the diploma to which OEMs again it.
Apple’s smartwatch is coming in April, and whereas it’s designed as a competitor to what Android is doing with its personal wearable platform, its presence within the press and in shopper minds might encourage extra Android system house owners to go searching for their very own equal, contemplating the opposite choice is switching platforms altogether. Even when preliminary comparisons (ought to Apple escape Apple Watch gross sales figures for our appraisal) tremendously favor Cupertino’s wrist-based mostly pc, lengthy-time period, Android Put on may benefit.
Android skilled a 10x bounce in shipments from 640,500 models in 2008 (when the HTC Dream turned the primary shopper system to supply it) and 2009, so Put on might nonetheless develop if another person can really present consumers the worth of sporting a sensible system in your wrist.