Wearable tech in 2019: Apple Watch and Android dominate, Pebble & Tizen endure

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It is 2019 and also you’re carrying a smartwatch. It is an Apple Watch. Or if not, then virtually definitely it is operating Android Wear or another model of Android.

That is the prediction of IDC, an analyst firm which simply revealed extra information from its Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Gadget Tracker report. It says that 173.four million wearables might be offered in 2019, up from a nonetheless spectacular 76.1 million which might be offered by the tip of this 12 months.

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And though health trackers are the wearable tech du jour, it is smartwatches that are set to promote and promote.

Apple and Android go face to face

IDC predicts 13.9 million Apple Watch gross sales in 2015 which suggests it foresees a bumper Christmas interval for the Cupertino smartwatch. This is able to give Apple a ridiculous 58.3% market share for “good wristwear” aka smartwatches or bands that run third celebration apps, a lot greater than pre-launch predictions.

Nonetheless, by 2019 it will have dropped barely as Android Wear and Android itself catch up. 2019 gross sales embrace 40.Three million watchOS units and 32.6 million Android/AW units.

Collectively IDC predicts that these two classes will make up a whopping 85.8% of smartwatch gross sales.

IDC’s predictions do not bode very nicely for the Samsung Gear S2 which runs Tizen. Its chart says that Tizen will solely improve gross sales from 1.6 million in 2015 to 1.Eight million in 2019 shipments, although it will be attention-grabbing to see how acquainted IDC’s analysts are with the Gear S2 because it’s impressed the tech journalist set, together with our personal Vinay Sahu.

The report sees Tizen as a “darkish horse”: “With Samsung opening up the Tizen SDK and making its Gear S2 and subsequent units appropriate with flagship smartphones from different Android OEMs, the overall obtainable marketplace for Samsung has opened up considerably. Nonetheless, as a present small participant out there, Tizen should win over prospects at present taking a look at different watches obtainable for Android smartphones.”

One other smartwatch platform that IDC sees as having a small stake within the wearable tech market is Pebble. With a strong, if not large, predicted cargo for this 12 months of two.1 million smartwatches, we’d count on Pebble gross sales to extend as extra folks, with various budgets, purchase their first smartwatch. However IDC reckons simply 2.6 million units operating Pebble OS might be offered in 2019 suggesting that loyal base simply is not going to get any larger.

Proprietary working methods additionally account for simply 2.1 million gross sales in 2015 however as an increasing number of outsiders become involved in wearables, from health names to style manufacturers, it will rise to 7.6 million in 2019, that is 9% of the market.