More than 10% of Americans predicted to have a smartwatch next year


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eMarketer predicts that around 28.7 million Americans aged 18 or over, or 11.1 percent of the population, will be using a smartwatch next year. The uptick has been put down to improvements in the devices’ design and functionality.

"Specifically, LTE connectivity will be a huge driver, as it allows smartwatch users to stay connected while leaving their phones behind,” said eMarketer forecasting analyst Cindy Liu.

Smartwatches are behind the increase in the number of people using wearables, which is expected to rise by 9.2 percent to 61 million next year. The demographic showing the fastest adoption is Americans aged 55 and over—up 15 percent YoY.

eMarketer puts this popularity among older citizens down to the advanced health features found in many modern wearables. The Apple Watch 4 was singled out as one prime example, coming with an electrocardiogram (ECG) for detecting heart conditions while on the move, and a fall detection feature that automatically places an emergency call if it detects the wearer has fallen and isn’t moving.

With more smartwatches likely to start featuring ECGs and LTE connectivity, and the first wearables to feature Qualcomm’s power-efficient Snapdragon Wear 3100 now hitting the market, it looks as if the devices have finally left the “fad” label behind.

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The scary thing about them? At least garmin's? They require you to upload all of your personal info and data to their servers on the internet. Otherwise it's basically just a watch and heartbeat monitor... They don't tell you this.


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I finally broke down and got a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier about 5 months ago. Mostly, because I hate taking my phone out of the belt clip case 4,204 times a day for email, text, phone notifications. I wear a BT headset, but it's nice to just look down at the watch to see who it is. In the last month, I just started using Samsung pay, which is really convenient, and if you believe the info, it's a bit safer than swiping your card, as a one time token is used, and your card info is NOT transmitted. Keeping a history of my heart rate & sleeping habits is nice as well. Once the price came down, it's was easier to swallow.