Analyst Insight by Loo Wee Tek - Head of Consumer Electronics Research
Sales of wearable electronics are projected to grow from US$8 billion in 2015 to US$20 billion in 2016. Naturally, companies like Samsung, Apple and non-tech companies like Ralph Lauren and Swatch are jostling for a piece of the pie. For smartphones and tablets, despite the mind-boggling array of brands available to consumers, the operating system (OS) is dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, and for computers, Microsoft’s Windows.
One more - DuWear
For passive wearable electronics like Jawbone’s Up3 (fitness trackers), the choice of OS does not matter, as any meaningful data is synchronised and displayed on the wearer’s smartphone. For autonomous wearable electronics, the OS market is exploding, with Baidu’s DuWear the latest entrant, joining Google, Samsung, LG , Pebble and Apple and many others running their proprietary OS for autonomous wearable electronics. Baidu (the dominant search engine in China) is trying to push its DuWear much like Google did with its Android Wear and offering the software to different manufacturers. In a bid to boost the popularity of its new OS, Baidu made it even easier for consumers, who can now download and flash onto products from different manufacturers like Motorola, LG and Sony.