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Apple is already ahead The company has only been selling its Apple Watch for about eight months, but it has already shipped about 7 million units, according to Canalys.
“Very quickly, watchOS has become the measuring stick against which other smartwatches and platforms are compared. While there is much room for improvement and additional features, there is enough momentum to keep it ahead of the rest of the market.” — IDC
Data source: IDC. watchOS(61%)
Data source: IDC. Android and Android Wear 17%
Data source: IDC. Pebble OS 8.5%
Data source: IDC. Tizen 8%
Android Wear is on the rise But over the next few years, there will be a shift in the smartwatch market. Android Wear smartwatches will steal market share from nearly every other OS. Image credit: LG.
What things look like in 2019 By 2019, the smartwatch market is dominated by just Apple and Android. Image credit: LG. watchOS (51%) Android Wear (39%) Everyone else Data source: IDC.
Apple stays ahead While Android will make huge market share gains over the next few years, the Apple Watch is likely to remain in the lead as Android Wear vendors compete against themselves. Image credit: Apple.
“Android/Android Wear will be a distant second behind watchOS even as its vendor list grows to include technology companies (ASUS, Huawei, LG, Motorola, and Sony) and traditional watchmakers (Fossil and Tag Heuer).” — IDC
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