Wearable device sales will jump to 19 million units worldwide in 2014, tripling last year’s shipments as ‘complex accessories’ take off.
Smart accessories such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Sony SmartWatch are expected to gain traction, although IDC states that the boost in wearable shipments was a result of the popularity of complex accessories like Nike+ Fuelband, Jawbone UP and Fitbit devices.
By 2018, however, smart accessories will leapfrog complex accessories as wearable units will jump to 111.9 million, although IDC believes that it won’t be until 2016 that millions of smart wearables units will begin to be sold.
Additionally, IDC revealed that Samsung was identified as the most trusted wearable brand, ahead of rivals Apple, Sony and Android OS maker Google.
IDC mobile phones research manager, Ramon Llamas, said: ‘Complex accessories have succeeded in drawing much-needed interest and attention to a wearables market that has had some difficulty gaining traction. The increased buzz has prompted more vendors to announce their intentions to enter this market. Most importantly, end-users have warmed to their simplicity in terms of design and functionality, making their value easy to understand and use.’