Smart watches are coming: sales tipped to hit 1.2m in 2013

Smart watches are coming: sales tipped to hit 1.2m in 2013So we really are doing the whole smart watch thing, then? ABI Research certainly thinks so, with the market research firm predicting more than 1.2m smart watches will be shipped in 2013.

That's not a huge amount, admittedly, but it's a whole lot more than have been sold up until this point – which could be something to do with Apple, Samsung and Microsoft reportedly sniffing around some of the action.

I remember trying out the LG GD910 smart watch back in 2009. It was, frankly, rubbish. Call reception was terrible and it just wasn't clever enough elsewhere to get past that.

As a result, the concept of the smart watch has remained limited to mobile accessories or only partially connected hybrid devices, but 2013 looks set for that to change.

Four years after the ill-fated GD910 the smart watch industry is much, well, smarter, and a number of big-name players are rumoured to be preparing wrist-bound smart gadgets – most notably, Apple (and for the record, LG too).

We still have nothing confirmed, of course, but ABI senior analyst reckons the time is ripe for true smart watches to finally take off.

“The strong potential emergence of smart watches can be attributed to several reasons,” Flood says in comments reported by DigiTimes.

“Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low cost of MEMS sensors, energy efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem.”

That doesn't mean smart watches are ready to replace your smartphone just yet – Flood reckons they're “not yet commercially feasible, though the technologies are certainly being prepared” – but if any or all of the Apple iWatch, Samsung Galaxy Altius or the rumoured Microsoft smart watch we heard about just yesterday live up to expectations, this could be a wrist-bound revolution whose time has finally come.

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SomeOtherGuy  Apr. 17, 2013 at 21:24

No mention of Pebble despite them shipping at least 85000 this year?

Stelph  Apr. 18, 2013 at 09:24

What do they mean smart watches are coming? Smart watches are here:

http://getpebble.com/
http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/8GB-or-16GB-MOTOACTV/79070,en_US,pd.html
http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/accessories/smartwatch/
http://www.imsmart.com/en

Just because Apple and Samsung havent released their Uberwatches doesnt mean people arent already buying and testing smartwatches.....

martinjjames / MOD  Apr. 19, 2013 at 09:13

What do they mean smart watches are coming? Smart watches are here:

http://getpebble.com/
http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/8GB-or-16GB-MOTOACTV/79070,en_US,pd.html
http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/accessories/smartwatch/
http://www.imsmart.com/en

Just because Apple and Samsung havent released their Uberwatches doesnt mean people arent already buying and testing smartwatches.....




Fair enough - the headline could be better. The idea wasn't to suggest that smart watches aren't already out there, but that just like touchscreens, voice assistants and a long list of other "innovations" the concept will only hit home for the mainstream once someone like Apple or Samsung package it up as The Next Big Thing.

Which is a shame since something like the Pebble will deserve far more credit than it'll end up getting if smart watches as more than just glorified Bluetooth accessories do take off in a big way.

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