If you're planning on buying your new "teen" a smartwatch and want to know what to buy so as to remain "cool," look no further than the Apple Watch. A new teen study published earlier this week says that the most popular smartwatch is -- you guessed it! -- the Apple Watch.
Piper Jaffray's teen study found that only 12% of the teens surveyed owned smartwatches (which isn't surprising, seeing that more teens own smartphones than smartwatches, a general trend of the population in general), but the Apple Watch sits on the wrist of 71% of those few that do own them. Of course, the Apple Watch can only be worn and paired with the iPhone, which explains why US teens would own an Apple Watch. In the US, the iPhone remains one popular product, more popular than even Samsung's Galaxy devices. For what it's worth. Samsung's Galaxy lineup, particularly the Galaxy Note, is often the iPhone alternative that Americans go to when they want to buy something different and unique from the Apple product line.
Despite the Apple Watch's dominance with iPhone users, Google has decided to give cross-platforming a try with Android Wear becoming compatible with iOS (and thus, with the iPhone). Samsung, the top Android giant who many people recognize as the only legitimate rival to Apple, is planning to tap into this Apple Watch dominance by making the Gear S2 compatible with iOS as well, so that those who prefer Samsung's circular, rotating bezel smartwatch can use it with an iPhone instead of feeling forced to pick up an Apple Watch.
At this point, Apple Watch dominance (and Apple iPhone dominance) prevail, but it's also been said that sometimes, what seems dominant is merely a locked-in choice until other options are available.