The Apple Watch is slated to go on sale in April, priced starting at $349, which in common fashion for the company is well above the rate of competing smartwatches. And there’s a luxury 18-karat gold model anticipated to be a number of thousand dollars.
But some figures launched today by the research study firm Canalys should offer us pause for thought. They reveal that simply 720,000 Android Wear gadgets were shipped in 2014, out of a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands, that include fitness trackers such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone Up.
However it seems barely anybody was interested in having one of the watches. Google gave away tens of thousands of the devices to I/ attendees and to its own personnel, so the number of individuals really purchasing one with their own cash was even lower.
Having actually used an Android Wear device on and off over the past few months I think I understand exactly what the issue is. The gadget in concern, the Moto 360, is the best-looking of the current smartwatches however I still can discover little need to bear in mind to put it on each morning.
It needs charging each day, and the info it provides to my wrist – “364 unread emails”, “new Twitter activity” – does not save me at any time or show particularly beneficial. I’m sure if I took the time to fiddle with the settings I could enhance matters, however somehow I can’t be bothered. And the gadget does not even have the “wow” aspect that Google Glass – despite its obvious imperfections – still retains when I wear it. No one stops me and asks to have a go on my smart watch.