Canalys: smartwatch shipments to exceed 5 million in 2014
0. phoneArena 16 Jul 2013, 23:58 posted on
Calling smart watches the most important new product in consumer electronics since the Apple iPad brought us the tablet, research firm Canalys says it expects shipments of more than 5 million smartwatches in 2014; led by Sony and Motorola, only 330,000 smartwatches shipped in 2012. Thanks to new watches like the Pebble smartwatch, 500,000 units are forecast to be shipped this year...
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1. android_hitman (Posts: 587; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
I really don't see the need for these type of watches...
I use a regular watch and i am very happy with it.
2. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Until they start using the flexible sceens I don't see this catching on at all and even when they do its a niche market.
I see no benefit of having a smartwatch and a smartphone if the phone does everything the watch does.
4. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Biggest hurdle is battery life, not much good if you have to charge it every other day, or more.
3. pkiran1996 (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Funny because Gizmodo just did an article on 13 reasons why smartwatches will never take off. Apparently they'll suffer the same fate as 3DTV's...
5. hypergreatthing (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
I only see these things taking off when:
Battery life/technology is at least 3x better than it is now. You cannot run a smart phone like device on one of those CR watch batteries, and those aren't rechargable.
Holigram technology is out and about. Having a screen pop up from your watch and a virtual keyboard sounds awesome. Poking at a watch device with your finger? Laughable.
I admit, the pebble sounds cool, but it's very limited and uses a e-reader screen to conserve battery life, and it only lasts 25-30 hours per charge. That's incredibly small considering most standard watches, even the fancy ones with heartrate monitors and whatnot last for months.
6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Why are these analyst making outrages guess? Do they think that Apple is going too sell 5 million units when they come out with one