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  • Apple Watch Expected to Outdo Stumbling Android Wear Sales Out of the Gate


    Although Google and several of its manufacturing partners hoped to get a jump start on the Apple Watch by debuting its own wearable platform last year, the company’s efforts didn’t translate into blockbuster sales to consumers. A study conducted by Canalys estimates that only 720,000 Android Wear devices were shipped last year, six months out of which the platform was available. As a whole, Android Wear accounted for a fraction of the million “smart wearable bands” shipped in 2014.

    Unsurprisingly, analysts and many consumers alike are expecting Apple to be far more successful with the upcoming Apple Watch which is set to be made available with a starting price of $350 starting April. If looking at launch numbers for previous iOS devices such as the iPad, the Apple Watch should have no trouble. Apple’s iPad took 28 days to reach sales of one million units when it made its debut in 2010. The first iPhone on the other hand took 78 days to achieve the one-million milestone in 2007. The first Android Wear hardware was launched in a limited capacity in late June of 2014 but failed to hit a million units in their first 187 days until the end of the year.

    Alternatively, you can take a look at the startup, Pebble, which runs its own proprietary system and hardware with a monochrome display. Pebble ended up selling a million units from its launch in early 2013 until the end of 2014. The device shipped 300,000 of those units in its first year with the remaining 700,000 shipping in 2014.

    Canalys analyst, Daniel Matte, had the following to say regarding Apple’s efforts with the Apple Watch:

    Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency. Wear will need to improve significantly in the future, and we believe it will do so.
    We’ll have to wait and see if Apple lives up to its expectations but something tells me that the Apple Watch will blow expectations in the water.

    Source: Canalys
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Watch Expected to Outdo Stumbling Android Wear Sales Out of the Gate started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. DavisMedia's Avatar
      DavisMedia -
      Was this even up for speculation? I thought this was all a no-brainer.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      It's a bit depressing that Apple has to start selling a product that was already on the market or add a feature to an existing product in order for that product or feature to become widely popular and recognized...
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      I think apple will likely sell more for the simple fact that Apple customers are objectively people with higher discretionary income to spend on products like this.

      That said, I don’t think Apple’s sales results will be anything spectacular either. I don’t think the market in genera lis really sold on the idea of a smartwatch yet.