The market for smart watches continues to evolve, what is happening in the first place, due to the high interest of users to Apple Watch. IDC analysts believe that in 2016, the smart watch Apple will retain dominant position and will remain the most popular gadgets on the market.
According to a study by IDC, in 2016 Apple will deliver around 14 million Apple Watch, taking 49.4 per cent of the market “smart” hours. The share of devices on the platform Android Wear will have only 6.1 million supply and 21% of the market.
By 2020, shipments of the Apple Watch will grow to 31 million units, but due to the increasing market share of Cupertino will be reduced to 37.6%. And Android Wear will reduce the gap to the leader and by the end of 2020 with a 35% market share, and the number of shipments of the smart watch on this platform will grow to 28.8 million
Although it should be noted that actually the position of the Android ecosystem would be a bit stronger. Because in addition to smart watches on the platform Android Wear, manufacturers produce more and watches on the Android operating system for smartphones, which by 2020 is 5.2% of the market. And, therefore, the share of Android in the market of smart watches will rise to 35%, and to 40.2%.
IDC analysts believe that the traditional watch manufacturers will prefer to concentrate on producing simple fitness trackers that do not require the use of a full operating system or a separate ecosystem.
“With some exceptions, this part of the market smart watches is still in its initial stages of development, note the analysts at IDC. – We expect to see large changes from a smart clock that looks like a normal watch, user interfaces that are easier swipes and gestures and apps that can compete with our smartphones, and connections to networks and other devices”.