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Wearables on the up, says report

Global sales of wearable devices are set to top 310 million units this year. According to a new report from Gartner, sales will see a year-on-year increase of 16.7 per cent, to generate $30.5 billion of revenue. Of that, almost a third ($9.3 billion) will be from smartwatches.  The report …

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Has Fitbit delayed its first proper smartwatch?

Wearables vendor Fitbit has long been recognised as a go-to brand for fitness trackers of all shapes and sizes, but while it dipped its toe into the smartwatch market with last year’s Blaze, the company hasn’t fully dived in to create its attempt at an Apple Watch killer. That was …

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Swatch announces smartwatch OS

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has announced that it is to enter into the smartwatch arena with its own operating system set to launch by the end of 2018.  According to Bloomberg, the company’s Tissot brand (one of 18 that it owns) will introduce a model next year that the focus of …

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Pebble services will survive… until 2018

Following on from its acquisition of Pebble that was announced last week, Fitbit has announced its plans for the current (and presumably final) crop of devices’ software and services. The parent company is hoping to put some of those fears to rest, and put up a blog post noting that …

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Fitbit confirms Pebble acquisition

Fitbit has confirmed it will buy Pebble’s intellectual property rights, but will not purchase its product portfolio of smartwatch devices in an undisclosed deal believed to be in the range of $34 million to $40 million (£27 million to £32 million). As result, Pebble also confirmed it will not be …

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Wearable devices need to be more useful

Abandonment rates for smartwatches is 29 per cent and 30 per cent for fitness trackers, a new survey from Gartner has revealed. Users are discarding their wearables because they don’t find them useful, or they get bored of the device.  Gartner’s Personal Technologies Study surveyed 9,592 online people in the …

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Apple Watch sales are “off the charts”, says CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has attempted to allay fears that the Watch’s market share has drastically shrunk by making a declaration that the smartwatch’s sales growth it "off the charts" this holiday season. Emailing Reuters, Cook said: "During the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any …

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Apple might be slowing down, but the Smartwatch market is booming

Smartwatch shipments have risen 60 per cent year-on-year, new research has revealed. Analyst firm Canalys has found that shipments of smartwatch devices rose reached 6.1 million shipments between the third quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of 2016. The Apple Watch is the top seller with 46 per cent …

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Apple Watch plummets but is still leading smartwatch pack

Apple Watch shipments have declined 72 per cent year-on-year, according to new data from IDC. The vendor only shipped 1.1 million Watches in the third quarter of 2016, down drastically from 3.9 million shipped in the same window of the previous year. Despite this, Apple still has a lead over …

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IDC says competition from other vendors will stunt Apple’s smartwatch growth by 2020

The Apple Watch will be the most popular smartwatch among consumers until 2020. Over the next four years, the Watch is expected to have a market share of 43.8 per cent according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Device Tracker. The report also states that the smartwatch market …

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