The Apple Watch will continue to outsell all other wearables through 2019, according to a bullish report from IDC that doesn’t see any single firm coming close to gaining the same popularity as watchOS in the coming years.
“Apple’s watchOS will lead the smartwatch market throughout our forecast, with a loyal fanbase of Apple product owners and a rapidly growing application selection, including both native apps and Watch-designed apps,” IDC explained. “Very quickly, watchOS has become the measuring stick against which other smartwatches and platforms are compared. While there is much room for improvement and additional features, there is enough momentum to keep it ahead of the rest of the market.”
There sure is a lot of room for improvement, but I agree that other options still don’t hold a candle to the Apple Watch, despite several improvements made to Android Wear recently. IDC expects watchOS to have a 51.1 market share in 2019, still ahead of competitors such as Android Wear, though down from the 61.3 percent market share it enjoyed in 2015. IDC expects Android Wear’s market share to increase drastically, from 15.2 percent in 2015 to 38.8 percent in 2019.
The difference between watchOS and Android Wear, and what makes the Apple Watch such a powerful contender, is that Apple owns the single product with such a huge market share, while Android Wear is split among many OEMs.