IDC: Wearable shipments to reach 213.6 million units by 2020

IDC: Wearable shipments to reach 213.6 million units by 2020
Research firm IDC predicts that this year, shipments of werables will rise 29% from last year to hit 101.9 million units. A little more than 50% of the market comes from deliveries of fitness trackers manufactured by companies like FitBit and Jawbone. Smartwatches are responsible for 40% of wearable shipments. In that category, you have Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei, and many others vying for attention.

By 2020, IDC sees both categories flip flopping with smartwatches controlling 52% of the market compared to fitness bands' 28.5%. By that year, wearable shipments are expected to reach 213.6 million units, says IDC, which will be the result of annual growth in the 20% range.

Smart eyewear and smart clothing are two segments of the wearable market expected to grow rapidly from now through 2020. Both together now own less than 1% of the market. By 2020, the smart eyewear sector will be responsible for 8.8% of wearable shipments, with smart clothing making up 7.3% of deliveries.

via: CNET



1. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The last thing I want is a smart underpants that detects farts. :D

5. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Until these watches get thinner, I have no interest in them. Maybe the 3rd gens will do it correctly. I don't want a hockey puck or pill box on my wrist.

7. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

What I want is a normal mechanical watch with a see through lcd display to show notifications.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that already exist, but its so thick and more than 1grand base price

10. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've got a Verizon 3g variant of the Gear S2, and the original Gear S. The original was awful. It looked nice, but the function was pretty poor. The S2 works perfectly, is smooth and actually looks really good (the classic is better). But, I'm still not sold on the concept. It's handy because I can turn my phone volume down, leave it on the desk at work, and always know if I've got a call or message/email. But is that really a necessity?

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Shipping isn't buying. They will likely sell less than 1/2.

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