Attractive design will always be important, but software development is now a leading factor in the ongoing adoption of wearable devices. Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 out of a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands, according to the latest worldwide market study by Canalys.
182 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (74.9 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in December, up 4 percent since September. Facebook continues to rank as the top individual smartphone app.
The health and fitness wearable tech market in the UK is winning fans, but it’s still a niche. Indeed, wider uptake of wearable tech in the UK remains relatively low. Only 7% of UK adults currently owned a wearable device. However, 19% of survey respondents said they were “extremely interested.”
Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices reached 76.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14) for -3.2 percent growth, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
For the full year in 2014, the worldwide smartphone market grew to a total of 1,301.1 million units shipped — that’s up by 27.6 percent from the 1,019.4 million units shipped in 2013.
Total PC shipments (desktops, notebooks and tablets) fell by 6 percent in Q4 to reach 148 million units, resulting in full-year 2014 shipments of 528 million units, that’s up by just 3 percent on 2013.
According to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research, over 400 million phablets will ship in 2019 — that’s a five-fold increase over the 138 million devices estimated to be shipped in 2015.