A recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that Apple will dominate the smartwatch and smart wearable industry through 2019, while watches running on Google’s platform will occupy the second place.
The report suggests that Apple will sell about 13.9 million smartwatches, securing 58.3% share of the market in 2015. For obvious reasons, the sales will drop slowly and total shipped units of Apple Watch will be about 40.3 million until 2019, and Apple’s share will drop to a still-respectable 47.4% share.
Android Wear watches will sell 4.1 million units, grabbing 17.4% of the market in 2015, but their share will go up to 38.4%,selling 32.6 million watches by 2019.
Another notable contender is Pebble, which will continue to be high in demand, thanks to cross platform compatibility and low pricing. Pebble will have an 8.1% market share in 2015, which will gradually come down to 3.1% in 2019.
IDC predicts that smart wearables will develop from a mere smartphone accessory into to a more advanced wearable computer, and manufactures like Jawebone, Fitibt, Misfit will offer functionality beyond basic fitness tracking.
While these are some interesting and understandable predictions, but things can change drastically with the launch of a new smartwatch, either by Apple or any of Google partners, or even a new entrant.