The year 2014 has seen 4.6 million smart wrist wearables shipped globally of which about 720,000 were Android Wear devices, according to research and analysis company Canalys. The low sales of Android Wear devices can be attributed to the fact that this was the first year of existence for the platform.
Motorola’s Moto 360 topped Android Wear sales although no specific figures have been given. Canalys also says that the performance of LG’s round smartwatch G Watch R was “significantly better” than the company’s original G Watch. Asus and Sony entered the Android Wear market in 2014 with their Zenwatch and Smartwatch 3 respectively.
Samsung launched 6 devices in 14 months and clearly leads the smart wrist wearables market. However, of the 6 devices released by Samsung, only the Gear Live runs Android Wear, the rest are Tizen-based.
Apart from Android Wear devices, other smartwatches and bands that did well include those of Pebble and Xiaomi. Pebble sold its 1 millionth unit in December 2014 since its launch in 2013. Xiaomi shipped more than 1 million units of its affordable Mi Band that includes over 103,000 pieces sold in a single day. However, Fitbit topped the basic wearable bands market globally.
Apple is expected to launch its Apple Watch in April this year and according to Canalys, “The product will dramatically grow the market for smart bands and wearables overall”.