Announced during last year’s Google I/O, 2014 was the official induction year for Android Wear smartwatches (or just wearables in general). After the holiday season came and went, we didn’t have any solid data reporting how well, if it all, these first gen Android Wear smartwatches were being adopted by consumers.
Industry analyst Canalys is now providing us some insight, reporting that out of 4.6 million wearables shipped last year, over 720,000 of them were Android Wear smartwatches. The most popular? You guessed it: the Moto 360. Canalys notes that the LG G Watch R came in a close second, outperforming the original square LG G Watch. By comparison, Pebble announced last week that they had officially sold 1 million of their smartwatches and is by far the most successful smartwatch to date. Meanwhile Samsung has hit the market hard, releasing 6 different wearables in as little as 14 months and is currently leading the smart band race.
Looking ahead, 2015 will be the year second generation Android Wear devices are expected to hit the market, with rumors that although HTC is finally ready to enter the smartwatch segment, they’ll be relying on their own OS to get the job done. With the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, we can’t wait to see how Android OEMs will differentiate and compete.