Wearable Device Ecosystem

Wearable Device Ecosystems provides a deep dive into the fast-developing market where there is no dominant paradigm in terms of form factor, ecosystem, enabling technologies or use cases.

January 26, 2015 06:22 nmawston

According to our WDE (Wearables) service, Hyundai, of South Korea, recently introduced its Blue Link app for Android Wear devices that will allow US and global drivers to control their vehicle by smartwatch. It is one of the first such products anywhere in the world. Is it a gimmick, or a serious differentiator for Hyundai cars? The answer can be downloaded by clients here.


January 13, 2015 00:08 PLin

According to the latest report ‘Global Smartwatch Display Size Sales Forecast: 2012 to 2020’ from our Wearable Device Ecosystem (WDE) research service, global smartwatch volumes will be dominated by 4 main display-sizes at the end of the forecast period in 2020, which together will account for almost 90% of smartwatch sales.

The global smartwatch market is one of the leading segments in the consumer wearable devices market and is growing swiftly from a low base. Selecting the optimal display size (in inches) is no easy task for hardware, software and service providers. This report forecasts the global smartwatch market by display size from 2012 to 2020. The report is available here to our paid clients.


January 5, 2015 09:12 nmawston

TCL-Alcatel recently soft-launched its OneTouch Watch for developed and developing markets. It is an Android Wear model with an attractive circular formfactor that can be used (almost uniquely for now) with both Android or Apple iOS smartphones.

In addition to its versatility, Alcatel's Watch differentiates heavily on pricing. Our WDE (Wearables) service estimates its wholesale (trade) price at global commercial launch will be around US$115 in Q1 2015 -- that is less than half the price of Apple's pending Watch device.

Alcatel's new multi-platform, low-cost smartwatch strategy is broadly inline with its existing smartphone strategy -- an area where it has had considerable sucess in recent years to become an established top-ten mobile phone player.


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November 28, 2014 11:09 mwilkins

With anticipation of Apple Watch continuing to grow in the run up to its Q1 2015 availability, so too is the interplay between traditional watchmakers and mobile technology vendors. Recently, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek said that he was not worried about Apple Watch, and that it is Apple who is under pressure.

Smartwatches will be a leading category in the rapidly growing wearable device market, with Smartwatch sales to grow over 400% in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics Wearable Device Ecosystems (WDE) service. The Smartwatch category has already received the attention of major mobile device vendors (such as Samsung, Sony, LG, and Motorola), and the competition between traditional watchmakers and smartwatch vendors is only going to grow as they vie for consumer spend.

 

The first official showing of Apple Watch by the company in September, revealed a device which is clearly the result of a huge amount of work, and one which Apple is still developing in the run up to its commercial availability in Q1 2015. The premium pricing of Apple Watch (the cheapest model is $349) puts the device at the high-end of Smartwatch pricing, but one which the company’s ultra-loyal installed base will surely snap up as soon as possible.


October 28, 2014 16:21 nmawston

According to new research from our WDE (Wearables) service, global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy +200% YoY in Q3 2014. The market was driven by Tizen and Android, as a result of Samsung offering a number of devices using the two platforms. Our pubished report -- available to clients -- tracks global smartwatch shipments and marketshare by operating system by quarter for 2013 and 2014. The report can be used by hardware vendors, component suppliers, operators, software developers, content suppliers and other stakeholders to determine the size and growth rate of the global smartwatch market.


October 28, 2014 16:19 nmawston

According to a new report from our WDE (Wearables) research service, global smartwatch shipments grew +200% YoY in Q3 2014. The market was again driven by Samsung and its Gear models, which have now branched out into Tizen and Android Wear platforms. Sony, LG, Pebble, Motorola, Qualcomm and others also have a presence. Our published report -- available to clients -- tracks global smartwatch shipments and marketshare by hardware vendor by quarter for 2013 through Q3 2014. It can be used by device makers, component suppliers, operators, software developers, content suppliers and other stakeholders to determine the size and growth rate of the global smartWATCH market.


October 22, 2014 07:13 nmawston

According to our Wearables (WDE) research service, as smartwatch momentum continues to build, it does so around familiar names from the mobile industry, such as Apple, Samsung, and Sony. Surely, however, there is another side to the smartwatch story. At what point does it make sense, if at all, for traditional watchmakers such as Fossil, Swatch, and Timex to aggressively enter the smartwatch market? In our published report -- available to clients -- we look at smartwatch entry strategies for traditional watchmakers.


October 16, 2014 10:22 mwilkins

According to a new report from our WDE (Wearables) research service, traditional Watchmakers risk increasing competition to their business from Smartwatches if they do not react quickly.


The pace and tone of the smartwatch industry is today being dictated by mobile device vendors - such as Samsung and Sony – but traditional watchmakers have tremendous experience which they can use to influence the segment.

Our report – published for clients here – discusses entry strategies into the smartwatch market for the traditional watchmakers.


October 16, 2014 10:17 mwilkins

According to a new report from our WDE (Wearables) research service, video recording will become a key feature on smartglasses, as a result of factors unique to the device.


With HD video recording only going to increase in resolution over time, the activity will consume more local storage on the device. This will be music to the ears of memory suppliers such as Samsung, SanDisk, Toshiba, Micron, and others who provide the memory that forms the storage on smartglasses. Consumer attraction to recording video on the move is evident with the success of GoPro.

Our report – published for clients here – discusses our predictions for typical video recording behaviour on smartglasses.

 


October 10, 2014 08:43 nmawston

According to a new report from our WDE (Wearables) research service, global wearable device wholesale revenues will grow a huge 3200% from 2013 to 2020. Increasing device volumes will offset declining prices, as more vendors and models from China, India and elsewhere enter the market. The smartwatch and smartglasses categories will dominate total wearable device revenues for the next decade. Our report -- published for clients here -- forecasts global wearable device volumes, wholesale revenues and ASPs by type from 2013 to 2020.