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Friday, 01 August 2014 08:32

Android Wear installed on 50-100k phones

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Slow adoption

Android Wear is a companion app that you need in order to run your new Android Wear watch.

So far LG and Samsung have made their Android Wear watches available, but we hear that many people are waiting for Motorola's Moto 360


Moto 360 might change the odds


Motorola has captured the attention of many with its traditional circular design and there is an indication that Samsung might follow this approach too.

In the meantime, more than three whole weeks after the launch we revisited our original report where we found that there were some 10,000+ Android Wear apps installed. Not all people that installed the application have an Android Wear device, so this is not an accurate indication of how many Android Wear watches were actually sold. The watch doesn't sync with the phone without the app, but users can download and install the app without an Android Wear smartwatch.

The new numbers are in, and it looks like that there are now between 50,000 and 100,000 apps installed on phones around the globe.


Relatively slow rollout


This is somewhat disappointing as the Nexus 7 2012 sold at about one million units per month following launch. On the other hand Android Wear devices are still few and far between and they haven't even rolled out in many markets. 

In any case we expected a bit more with LG and Samsung on board. Motorola will hopefully boost these numbers as we do believe that Android Wear is a nice platform for smartwatches and other wearables.

The trend starts in the second part of 2014 and continues in 2015 and probably beyond. Aside from the Moto 360 there is another elephant in the room.  All eyes are now pointed at Apple and the company might launch its highly anticipated iWatch later this year. The smartwatch race will heat up in the second half of the year and it should get really exciting by the end of the year.

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