IDC launched their newest smartwatch marketplace information this morning and it surely seems to color a bleak image for the smartwatch business. From Q3 of remaining yr to Q3 of this yr, shipments of watches dropped 51.6%. That’s, um, a large drop.
Their numbers display smartwatch shipments losing from 5.6 million ultimate Q3 to 2.7 million this Q3. A part of the drop may well be attributed to the truth that the brand new Apple Watch best arrived with two weeks left within the quarter, however it may be as a result of nobody else actually appears to be freeing new watches value leaping on.
In Q3 of ultimate yr, Apple driven 3.9 million Apple Watch devices and used to be in a position to send 1.1 million in simply two weeks all through Q3 of this yr. In the meantime, Samsung shipped the similar 0.4 million, whilst Lenovo, Pebble, and “others” all dropped.
You already know who did kick some ass? Garmin. Garmin’s watch shipments jumped from 0.1 million in Q3 2015 to 0.6 million in Q3 2016. That’s a large leap! What does that imply? Well, perhaps folks need health devices that aren’t doubling as charge-every-day, annoy-my-wrist-at-all-times smartwatches? Perhaps smartwatches nonetheless haven’t bought most of the people on why they want to be on their wrists, however a straight-up health software has?
We will have to indicate that Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed as smartly, probably inflicting Android Put on watch makers to hesitate ahead of freeing new merchandise. Truthfully, I don’t know that I consider that Android Put on 2.0 used to be going to skyrocket Put on gross sales. I’ve used the developer previews they usually in point of fact aren’t all that other from what you're the use of now, out of doors of a few UI adjustments. Taking a look at those numbers, I feel it’s much more likely that few are freeing new watches as a result of few are purchasing them.