Google’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.