Android Wear compatible with less than 25% of smartphones

Android Wear compatible with less than 25% of smartphonesGoogle’s range of Android Wear products faces a couple of rather monumental challenges, one of those being that smartwatches are arguably more than just a little bit pointless.

The other is that less than one quarter of Android smartphones is prepared to play nice with Android Wear – that’s according to Google’s own figures.

A minimum requirement for Android Wear is Jelly Bean Android 4.3, and a quick glance at Android Developers shows that that particular version – combined with the more recent KitKat Android 4.4 – accounts for just 23.9% of the Android pie chart.

Having said that, it’s probably fair to suggest that most of the people interested in smartwatches – a luxury item if ever there was one – will likely have a spanking new smartphone that’s more than willing to go Android Wear crazy.

Let’s not forget that a huge portion of Android smartphones sold are cheap crap and/or bought in emerging markets – not exactly smartwatch demographic.

And heck, I seriously doubt those 0.8% clinging onto Froyo even know what a smartwatch is – never mind having the inclination to buy one.

Still, at least TechCrunch’s Greg got a headline out of it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more cynicism to spread.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 16:05

typo first paragraph. That's all you're getting :p

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 16:05

oops, 2nd paragraph!

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 16:12

or am I just dehydrated?

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 16:16

Aaaaaand... fixed!

Typo? What typo?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 16:26

We don't do typos!
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