With the release of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, Android Wear became available to everyone last year. Canalys has reported that Google’s wearable platform was in quite a rough patch when it was launched. Only about 720,000 devices of Google’s Android Wear was shipped last year alone – accounting for only 16% of the total smart watches or wearables last year of 4.6 million units.
The report stated that Motorola’s Moto 360 was the leader amongst other Android Wear brands. The watch had some constraints of supply during Q4 last year, but clearly it didn’t matter. The report also stated that LG’s G Watch R won over LG’s original G Watch. There were no mentions of individual sale numbers, however.
A spokeswoman of Google has said that the Android Wear Team are “helping users wear that they want”, in regards to the growing market for wearables.
Pebble, Android Wear’s biggest competitor, sold over a million units since 2013. With the recent announcement of Apple Watch and other brands such as HTC and other major players, the future for Android Wear is rather grim. But of course, there’s no way of telling how it would do in the future.
But perhaps the bigger problem for Android Wear is that consumers themselves don’t know whether they really need a smartwatch. With smartphones that have high-specifications that allow them to do so many things, is a smartwatch really necessary?