Why Android Wear shipments aren’t surprising (or disappointing)


Wow. There are quite a few people talking about yesterday’s Canalys estimate of 720,000 Android Wear shipments in the last six months of 2014. And most of that talk is ridiculous, with little to no perspective on the market itself. All of the doom and gloom I’m reading about Android Wear may yet come to pass, but to base it on shipment data at this point in time is premature for several reasons.

How about the timing?

First up, when did Android Wear watches start shipping? The platform and first devices were announced in early 2014 but only became available on June 25 when orders began for the LG G-Watch and Samsung Gear Live. So the last six months of Android Wear shipments were also the first six months of shipments. This is essentially a brand new market.

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And not even all of the Android Wear watches shipped for the full six…

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