Wearables Market Report: Technology Vendors Have Two Choices: Build Their Own Platforms and Try to Attract Developers, or License Android Wear - Research and Markets

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Wearables - Fitness & Style Now, Mainstream Smart watches Later" report to their offering.

In the report Wearables - Fitness & Style Now, Mainstream Smart watches Later examines wearables in context and focus on some of the key challenges and opportunities surrounding smartwatches for traditional watch vendors and technology OEMs. Then it brings in evidence from case studies including smartwatch investments by Samsung and Apple, fitness bands from Fitbit, and carrier retail support in the U.S. and Europe.

Wearables encompasses a wide variety of product types, all being driven by the smartphone supply chain and smartphone consumer adoption. Smartwatches and fitness devices are among the highest profile wearables, with an immediate impact on traditional watch vendors and technology OEMs alike.

Wearables are a bridge between mobile computers and emerging embedded IoT solutions, and are at a tipping point largely due to relentless technical innovation in smartphones and its impact on the supply chain. Smart watch use cases have been limited, and even the most successful vendor, Apple, only appealed to early adopters with its first watch. Better on-device software and IoT use cases will drive the category mainstream in the future, but manufacturers need a watch software platform with strong developer support to build out these use cases.

Key Findings:

  • Smart watches are emerging in the market at the same time as computing becomes ubiquitous. This presents vendors with a path forward - a smart watch is an ideal control point for IoT.
  • Technology vendors have two choices: build their own platforms and try to attract developers, or license Android Wear. Apple, Google, Pebble and Samsung are the only platforms with sizable developer followings.
  • For smart watches, vendors will have to bet on Google, as it is the only licensable platform with developer support.
  • If Apple can deliver on the promise of watches 3, it should be able to harness its developer community to create use cases that drive sales. To sell the next generation of watches, battery life must improve to allow always-on watch faces.

Key Topics:

Executive Summary

Section 1: Wearables in Context

Section 2: Smart Watch Market Positioning

Section 3: Vendor Case studies

  • Samsung
  • Apple
  • Fit bit

Section 4: Operator Case Studies

  • U.S. Carrier Retail Sales Mix
  • Vodafone Germany

Section 5: Key Findings and Recommendations

  • Appendices
  • Acronyms and Definitions
  • Companies mentioned

Companies Mentioned

  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Fitbit
  • Samsung
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone Germany

For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/q7hfck/wearables

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Related Topics: Sporting Goods and Equipment, Wearable Technology, Jewelry and Watches

Contacts

Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Related Topics: Sporting Goods and Equipment, Wearable Technology, Jewelry and Watches