Android Wear Is A Flop Right Now

While Apple’s highly anticipated Watch is set to get released in a few months time, it seems that elsewhere things are coming to a halt. According to a recent report from Canalys, just 722,000 Android Wear devices were sold in all of 2014, compared to 4.6 million fitness bands from companies like Fitbit.

Android Wear smartwatches are used by less than 0.1% of Android smartphone owners

Motorola, as expected, took the top spot with its highly-acclaimed Moto 360 smartwatch. LG’s G Watch R was also a success, selling much better than the previous G Watch. Companies like Sony and ASUS entered the market in this time period while Samsung failed to make a mark with its Android Wear-running Gear Live.

Things were comparatively better in the fitness band market where Samsung does have the overall lead. With time, competition is only getting stiffer, with several fitness bands now also showing notifications on your wrist for a significantly smaller price tag.

“Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency.

Android Wear will need to improve significantly in the future, and we believe it will do so.”

A thing worth noting that the industry overall is in its nascent stages right now. The sales figures for Pebble in 2013 were not exactly that terrific either and while Samsung released six different products in the last 14 months, none have been particularly successful.

Things might change with the arrival of the Apple Watch, just like like they did with the iPhone and iPad. Canalys predicts that around 16 million Apple smartwatches will be sold this year, which if true, will propel Apple to the top of the industry.


  • Radz

    They have to make the price right and increase battery timing, Nobody is interested in high priced wears, Xiaomi is doing it right.. They all must be priced under 100$

    • abobobilly

      Thats a bit over statement that “no one is interested”. People are interested, which is why many end up buying a wear device. But they may not care because of its extremely limited productivity. Plus, i for one wouldn’t want a smartwatch with just 2 or 3 days of battery life. Heck having a battery in a “WATCH” is a stupid idea in itself.

  • Saleem

    Which watch is that in the picture?

  • Saad R.

    The price is more than right I feel. You cannot get a traditional decent ‘analogue’ watch in $300. Been using a moto360 since December last year. Since the lollipop android wear update it lasts at least 48 hours without charging.

    The wireless charger that comes with it makes it fun to charge and otherwise also I feel it’s been doing its job (notifications, voice replies are more than accurate considering our accent). Most of all it’s a head turner. So I wouldn’t say at all that Android wear has failed.