Apple and Samsung to push smartwatch shipments from just 1M today to 36M in 5 years

Apple and Samsung to push smartwatch shipments from just 1M today to 36M in 5 years
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.

The trouble is that there is huge growth expected, but it may not amount to much when it comes to actual users. A new report from Juniper Research says that smartwatch shipments are going to grow from just 1 million this year to 36 million smartwatches shipped by 2018. That's a 3600% growth in just five years, but of course, you'll notice that the end number is still just 36 million, which could be covered with one in ten Americans buying a smartwatch in 2018. Interestingly, Juniper is also projecting that by 2018, there will be 170 smartphone accessories devices as the market for health monitors, like the FitBit, continues to expand. 

The idea is that Apple and Samsung entering the market will provide legitimacy to the devices and kickstart sales of other smartwatches like the Pebble, or the rumored new smartwatches by Sony, Microsoft, Google, Motorola, and LG, just to name a few. 

If the rumors are true, Samsung will be the first out with the announcement of its Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch expected on September 4th alongside its announcement for the Galaxy Note III. Sony is expected to follow soon after with its SmartWatch 2 rumored for a September 9th release. After that, the info is murkier. There are rumors that Apple will launch its smartwatch before the holidays, and maybe LG as well. The other companies are nowhere near release for their devices. 



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple iWatch been delayed till next year i can see Samsung going too have a head start.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If Samsung makes them flexible watches Apple is done for before it even starts.

3. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 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: Jun 10, 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: 699; Member since: May 19, 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: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

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