Android Wear smartwatches officially hit the market in mid 2014 right after the annual I/O event was concluded. It was slim pickings initially with only the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live available for purchase. But that changed pretty quickly as the Moto 360, the Sony SmartWatch 3, the LG G Watch R and the ASUS ZenWatch made their way to the markets.
A new report now suggests that all these smartwatches combined shipped over 720,000 units last year. This figure is pretty impressive for a niche product like a smartwatch which has only been in the market for the last 5-6 months of the year. These only mention the shipped numbers with no word on actual sales yet.
Unsurprisingly, the numbers are dominated by Motorola’s Moto 360, which was one of the eagerly anticipated smartwatches of the year. The arrival of Motorola’s wearable severely dented the sales of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. But LG got back on track with the G Watch R, which featured a similar design as the Moto 360 for about the same price.
But in general, Android Wear has been a cautious start for Google. It’s not a runaway success, but Google will hope that changes this year with more wearables expected to launch. There’s talk of newer manufacturers joining the Android Wear bandwagon, which could only mean good news for the platform.
Via: Android Central