Gartner warns of wearable device drop out in latest missive

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The latest research note from analyst firm Gartner argues that wearables need to be more useful and dropout is a ‘serious problem’ for the industry.

The 2016 Gartner Personal Technologies Study showed that the abandonment rate of smartwatches is 29% and 30% for fitness trackers as people do not find them useful, they get bored of them or they break.

Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner said: “Dropout from device usage is a serious problem for the industry. The...

By Wearable Tech, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Devices, Smartwatches.

Pebble declined $740m from Citizen last year, now it's reportedly selling to Fitbit for $34m

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Pebble was the original Kickstarter success story and remains today as one of the most-funded campaigns in the crowdfunding platform's history. The device helped to propel wearables forward, and subsequent updates have kept the company's devices sharing the main stage with players such as Apple and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartwatches.

Canalys gives more optimistic view on smartwatch shipments

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If there’s one thing analyst companies like to do, it’s disagree with each other. Gartner and IDC recently had slightly different paths over the future role of the CIO – and now Canalys is disagreeing with IDC over wearable shipments.

According to a note issued at the end of last week, Canalys argued that Apple shipped 2.8 million smartwatches in the third quarter, making a specific point that shipments compared favourably “despite reports to the...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iOS, Smartwatches.

IDC notes smartwatch shipments decline more than 50% in Q316

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It had been prophesised, but now the chickens have truly come home to roost: latest figures from IDC show the smartwatch market has declined by 51.6% year over year.

The figures, released as part of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, showed 2.7 million units shipped globally in Q316, down from 5.6 million this time last year.

Apple remains top of the tree, although this does not tell the full story, with the Cupertino giant suffering almost the bulk of the...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartwatches.

This company claims to have launched the first UV-focused smartwatch

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Dipitr Technologies has launched O'We, the first smartwatch that aims to monitor sun exposure. The fitness watch is currently available for pre-order at an early-bird discount of 40%.

The new smartwatch has a feature called SunTrack that tracks sun exposure, and will soon launch on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Apart from the sun exposure monitor, the watch has other fitness features including measurements of daily...

By Wearable Tech, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Smartwatches.

Apple Watch leads in smartwatch sector – but overall growth “slow”, argues Kantar

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The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech data on wearable device usage, as of July 2016, argues that while Apple still leads in smartwatch sales, overall sector growth is slow.

15.2% of US consumers own a smartwatch or fitness band, with the EU4 (France, Germany, Italy, UK), with an 8.1% penetration. Excluding fitness bands, adoption of smartwatches remains slow with 3.2% in EU4 and 4.7% in the US.

In the quarter ended July 2016, 47% of total wearable sales in the US were in the smartwatch...

By Wearable Tech, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartwatches.