Apple and Samsung to push smartwatch shipments from just 1M today to 36M in 5 years
0. phoneArena 27 Aug 2013, 17:32 posted on
Smartwatches are a technology on the verge. There have been smartwatches from various manufacutrers around for a while, but none have really caught on because the technology hadn't quite caught up to the dream potential of what a smartwatch could be. With the explosion of the mobile ecosystem, that has changed, and a new report says that just as with smartphones, Apple and Samsung will be leading the way on smartwatches...
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1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6963; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Apple iWatch been delayed till next year i can see Samsung going too have a head start.
2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
If Samsung makes them flexible watches Apple is done for before it even starts.
3. xtroid2k (Posts: 502; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
While I think the idea is cool; I just don't see a market. I don't see many people jumping at the idea. I talk to general folks about this and they just roll their eyes. Basically it has a cool factor but I feel this will be another fad like tamagachi or chia pets.
4. guest (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
LOL 1M to 36M in 5 years? Someone needs to make the losses they have taken with AAPL stock LOL no one I know wears a watch unless it is for dress reasons. People who would buy a smartwatch already have a smartphone. I can't wait to watch someone tap out a text message on a smartwatch LOL. Blackberry has a better chance of still being around in 5 years LOL
12. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Another article here says Apple will sell over 63 million alone, and all in 2014. Personally, I think both stats are weighted too heavily, until someone sorts out the battery life, I seriously doubt they'll take off like they think they will.
5. JGuinan007 (Posts: 647; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I bought a Sony android smart watch a year ago for 14.95 it was fun to wear for a week or 2 but I got bored of it quick for $15 it was worth it to try it out and made me realize I will never need one and would never pay more than $20 for one if I did
6. cdgoin (Posts: 378; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Repeat after me.. NO ONE WANTS THIS.. !! NO ONE.. If they did regualr watches would still be popular. NO ONE will want this OR the Google Glass.. NO ONE but geeks and not even all geeks, just hipster ones.
8. xtroid2k (Posts: 502; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Now wait a minute, google glass if executed properly can have much greater potential then a smartwatch. I am inlove with google glass and hope it becomes what I imageine it to be. Something simple, imagine being able to look and zoom with a camara. I have bad eyes as I am legally blind. Or being able to look at a building and having google goggles running in the background automatically give me info. Please google don't screw this up. But yeah at least drug dealers will have some new bling to get with these watches coming out lol.
9. lyndon420 (Posts: 2485; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Sorry to burst your bubble bud, but I want the watch and glass. I embrace new technology when it comes out and I don't put much stock into others personal opinions.
7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1602; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Yeah the glass thing might be pushing it
10. Sauce (unregistered)
As an athlete myself, I could see heavy use with a properly engineered smart watch, whether it be Apple, Samsung, Sony, etc. etc. A few convenient uses I could see:
With a smart watch (SW) around my wrist, no need to lug around my phone when I'm self training. No more having to put it down and pick it up. If I'm timing a 40 yard sprint, or running a mile, no need for silly arm straps or holding onto my phone. Witch a SW, hit a button/tap a screen, and the timer starts. Tap tap tap. It's secure and attached to a convenient place on your body.
I could also see myself using a SW for heart rates, run/walk paces (for sprints and mile runs, etc.) timers, etc. All to be sent to my smart phone for an after view of my athletic performance. Teams, coaches, athletes, etc can use this evaluation seriously with many different apps that pair with the phone/tablet and SW.
But hey, that's just my view on how convenient and useful a SW could be for the athletic community.
13. guest (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Don't they already have watches like that at a lower price? Even if they don't that's not a big enough pool of potential users to justify development and marketing costs. Sure there will be people who love it but 36m? That's a laughable number.
11. JMartin22 (Posts: 1530; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I can see the watch being useful as a means for monitoring the distance you have ran or calories you've burned with the proper sensors. But outside of that, and telling the time; these things have no practical value.
The display is too small to write or read a message comfortably or browse the Web. Also, you're limited to one-handed use. A smartphone will always be faster and more practical. Which means, this has no use.