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Smart glasses like HoloLens will become more widespread than smartphones

In the future, smart glasses (or AR, Augmented Reality glasses) will become more popular than smartphones – although we are talking about the pretty distant future.

This unlikely sounding conclusion – particularly given the recent demise of Google’s Glass Explorer project – was reached by a report from, although it is potentially somewhat biased in that it’s an organisation “committed to advancing Augmented Reality”.

At any rate, the Smart Glasses Market 2015 report (spotted by Wareable) claims that the number of smart glasses shipped worldwide will reach a billion come 2020, and will exceed the predicted number of mobile phone shipments when 2025 arrives.

10 new smart glasses were launched last year, and in the near-term, the research predicts that shipments will reach one million by the autumn of 2015, increasing to 10 million by the following year. Initially, most adoption will come from the enterprise world. notes that the early winners in the smart glasses arena will emerge by the close of 2016, with a major “shakeup” expected around then in terms of big investments and mergers or acquisitions.

The company stated: “Consumer electronics giants, and other players in the ecosystem have no more than a 12 months window to position their companies in the space (build, buy, partner) – or risk missing the opportunity.”

Well, we shall see – there are certainly some interesting projects which have been freshly unveiled, most notably Microsoft HoloLens, which could succeed in sparking more interest than Google Glass did with consumers. The enterprise, meanwhile, is definitely the area to keep your eye (or perhaps lens) on when it comes to pushing smart glasses tech…

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.