Will Smartwatches be a Practical Successor to Smartphones or Not?

With smartphone users about to reach 1.75 billion by the end of 2014, the over saturation of the mobile computing device is about to reach, prompting several mobile manufacturers and vendors to come up with an iteration of the device that will be considered to be a worthy successor. Smartwatches have long been thought of the devices that will continue to carry the torch after the appeal of smartphones finally starts to dwindle but one question still remains; are smartwatches still considered to be a practical successor of the smartphone or not?

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According to a survey conducted by retail tracking firm, GfK; 1,000 individuals were asked a list of questions concerning the wearable market. One of the most appalling responses out of the 1,000 interviewed individuals was that 33 percent of those people would discard their wearable devices only six months after using it. One of the reasons which hinted towards abandoning the device was that these devices had outlived their usefulness, prompting people to get rid of them. What was even more interesting to see is that the people who were owners of the wearables were also the owners of smartphones.

Eric Micigovsky, Chief Executive Office of Pebble, has stated that one of the reasons why customers continue sticking to using the Pebble smartwatch is because there are several features assimilated with the device that owners accidentally stumble upon, which ends up making the device even more useful than before. Some notable features of the device is controlling the thermostat. Irrespective of its features, smartwatches have so far been able to seize only 11% of the wearable market. While that is a minute percentage, statistica has stated that by 2018, the wearable industry will have a market value of $12.6 billion USD and that too, in the United States region.

While it is too early to state what will be the outcome of wearables in the near future, tech industries have already started proceeding forward in manufacturing components that will intended to be used in smartwatches. Intel’s XMM 6255 3G modem is in the works and will provide more speed, energy efficiency and network coverage compared to a standard 3G modem assimilated in to smartphones. While the first batch of smartwatches was disappointing, it only shows that there is significant room left for improving and perfecting computing devices that will one day be ubiquitously found strapped on to the user’s wrist.

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