New research from Canalys anticipates more than 5 million smart watches being shipped worldwide next year, which is a 900% increase on this year’s figures.
The company reckons over 330,000 smart watches were shipped last year, with Sony and Motorola leading the market. Over half a million smart watches are expected to ship in 2013.
Sony Mobile has released a new version of its ‘Smartwatch’ device, which connected to compatible smartphones via Bluetooth.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 is described as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control.
Mark Bridge writes:
Apple is rumoured to be planning a wearable mobile device: the iWatch. Whether it’s an iPhone accessory or a stand-alone mobile phone… or a figment of overactive imaginations… remains to be seen, although press reports suggest it could be launched by the end of 2013.
The number of smart wearable devices sold worldwide will more than quadruple in the next five years, according to a recent report from Juniper Research.
It’s forecast that sales figures for consumer and business versions of smart glasses and mobile health/fitness devices will rise from almost 15 million devices this year to nearly 70 million by 2017.
Motorola Mobility has confirmed that the MOTOACTV fitness and music device - announced last month at the same time as the new RAZR smartphone - is coming to the UK next month.
It’ll be stocked by sports retailer Sweatshop from the beginning of December. Current pricing is £249.99.