The wearables market grew 300 percent according to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) figures, which predict an even bigger 2016 for the vertical.
Next year, the research firm forecasts, wearable device shipments will reach 111.1 million units, for a 44 percent increase Year-on-Year. By 2019, shipments are expected to surpass 214.6 million units.
IDC expects that Apple’s watchOS and Google’s Android Wear to settle into the number one and two spots, respectively.“In a short amount of time, smartwatches have evolved from being extensions of the smartphone to wearable computers capable of communications, notifications, applications, and numerous other functionalities,” said Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC’s wearables team. “The smartwatch we have today will look nothing like the smartwatch we will see in the future. Cellular connectivity, health sensors, not to mention the explosive third-party application market all stand to change the game and will raise both the appeal and value of the market going forward.”
Platform wise, IDC expects that Apple’s watchOS and Google’s Android Wear to settle into the number one and two spots, respectively. Samsung’s Tizen platform will continue to fight in the course of the next four years, and even take market share away from Android Wear.
Pebble, on the other hand, doesn’t face such bright future, despite the company’s strong 2015; IDC believes Pebble will cede market share to both watchOS and Android Wear throughout 2016 and into 2019.