ABI Research: More than 1.2 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2013

ABI Research: More than 1.2 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2013
ABI Research has released its forecast for the 2013 smartwatch industry and expects more than 1.2 million units to be shipped this year. ABI divides the market up into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches, and completely independent smart watches. The notification types are those that alert the user when he is receiving a call, message or other incoming notification. Watches in this group include Pebble, MetaWatch and Cookoo. The voice operational watches do what the name implies. Users of these devices can make and take phone calls and us their voice to bark out commands to the watch. Martian's smart watch would be a unit that would fit in this category.

The Standalone smartwatches are those with their own OS that do not need to be paired to a smartphone using Bluetooth. These watches are fully capable of smartphone-type capabilities and can even connect with other devices. This would be the category where we would find the rumored smartwatches coming from companies like Apple, LG, Google Samsung and Microsoft. Still, ABI notes that while the technology is being prepared to make smartwatches that are capable of doing everything a smartphone does, such devices are "not yet commercially feasible."

source: DigiTimes

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5 Comments

1. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Looks like its actually going to happen. I wonder how far and how big the smartwatch market will stretch too. Hey, many people doubted the iPad and now look at it!

2. recond9

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

If Apple does it ,everyone will do it.So no wonder that there will be like thousands of alternatives to smartwaches after the iWatch is out. But as every time,only Sammy and Apple will have the big dogs.

3. Aeires unregistered

I would be interested if the battery lasted longer than a few days and if the watch band could be changed so you could make it a sports watch or dress watch at will.

4. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Ha! 1.2 million may be shipped but half of them will be returned.

5. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

I'll be one of those 1.2 million if they integrate it to access most of the phones features, including being able to change my music. Running or riding is fun to do with music playing, but it's a pain when I have to listen to a song with the wrong tempo/bpm. Make the battery last a full 24 hrs actual use so that I can get two days of riding without having to recharge.

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