All eyes on Apple Watch to bring wearables market to mainstream

Canalys data reveals that Android Wear isn't having any real impact. Can the Apple Watch act as the much needed catalyst for the wearables market?

All eyes are now on Apple Watch after Canalys revealed that only 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 out of a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands.

The jury is still out on whether the wearables market is going to live up to the hype. A vast range of devices have been launched over the past two years such Motorola's Moto 360, LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s half a dozen iterations of the same thing. 

However, according to Canalys’ data, none of them have gained any significant traction. With Google announcing the end of Google Glass, one could be forgiven for thinking that wearables is a nothing more than a storm in a tea cup. 

But everyone knows that if any individual product is going to ignite the fledgling industry, it is going to be the Apple Watch.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced that the watch is likely to be available in April; later than pundits had anticipated but as Cook pointed out, still within the promised timeframe of ‘early 2015' if you divide the year into thirds.

"Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule and we expect to begin shipping in April," he told analysts during the quarterly results call. "The creativity and software innovation going on around Apple Watch is incredibly exciting and we can't wait for our customers to experience them."

 

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