Gartner: Strong growth in wearables in 2015, up 38% from 2014

Gartner expects the wearables market to boom in 2015, rising 38 percent year-over-year.

Published Mon, Feb 23 2015 2:44 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:09 PM CST

The wearables market will increase 38 percent year-over-year, reaching 70 million units in 2015, according to the Gartner research group. There is high interest among consumers, but penetration rate is still rather low - but could yield double-digit growth in the foreseeable future.

Gartner: Strong growth in wearables in 2015, up 38% from 2014 | TweakTown.com

"We expect strong growth in wearables in 2015 with smartwatches and fitness bands and other trackers to reach nearly 70 million units, up 38 percent from 2014," said Annette Zimmerman, research director at Gartner, in a press statement. "However we don't see these devices replacing the smartphone in the next five years, rather they are a complementary device to the existing portfolio of devices."

During the 2015 CES show last month, Intel and other companies demonstrated hardware that can be used in future generations of wearables. Meanwhile, Samsung, Lenovo, Sony and other manufacturers will need to respond once the Apple Watch is released in April.

There will be even more wearable product choices for customers, growing outside of the well recognized smartwatch and fitness band categories.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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