Regardless of a rising military of Android Wear smartwatches, Samsung’s Tizen OS, which options contained in the Gear S3 and Gear S2 is outwardly proving a extra in style smartwatch OS selection.
That is in keeping with a report launched by market analysis firm Technique Analytics, which tracked world smartwatch shipments and share from 2013 to Q1 2017. It revealed that in that Q1 2017 interval, Tizen took 19% of the market share with Android Wear simply barely behind with 18%.
Important studying: Samsung Tizen v Google Android Wear
Apparently that is the primary time Samsung’s watch OS has leapfrogged Google albeit by 1%, but it surely’s an unlimited enchancment from an organization that failed to essentially make a dent on the smartwatch entrance primarily based on studies from earlier years.
So who was prime? Apple’s watchOS after all with 57% market share and from only a few gadgets led by the Apple Watch Sequence 2 alongside the Watch Sequence 1 and the unique Apple Watch. So it means that each Google and Samsung have some catching as much as do so far as dominating the smartwatch area is anxious.
Does that imply Samsung is kicking critical Google butt? Properly, primarily based on these insights it does seem to assist the truth that the Korean firm’s final two smartwatches have been extra of a success than the numerous others that got here earlier than it. The addition of iOS compatibility has definitely helped and options just like the rotating bezel and packing probably the greatest smartwatch shows within the smartwatch enterprise will certainly have helped as properly.
However we would not be shocked if this swings again in Google’s favour earlier than the tip of the 12 months. We’re nonetheless ready on a bunch of recent Android Wear smartwatches from the likes of Hugo Boss, Movado, Tommy Hilfiger and Fossil. With Android Wear 2.zero lastly right here (for some), the improved iPhone assist amongst different options will little question make Wear a extra enticing proposition.
Once we spoke to David Singleton, VP of engineering at Google earlier this 12 months, he painted a extra optimistic image of how properly Android Wear was faring saying the corporate had seen double digit share gross sales and activations development yearly because the first Android Wear watch was launched in 2014.
“The vacation interval of 2016 in comparison with holidays 2015, we noticed over 70% extra activations, so that offers you a way of how shortly the ecosystem is rising,” Singleton advised us. “Should you have a look at our companion app on Google Play, you possibly can go there and see what number of occasions the app has been downloaded.”
That app obtain quantity is across the 5 million to 10 million mark, which continues to be imprecise however does give us a ballpark mid-point of seven.5 million to go on.
That is positively excellent news for Samsung however the firm that basically has essentially the most motive to be cheerful is Apple.
Supply: Tizen Consultants