Worldwide Smart Watch market to see satisfactory growth in 2016: International Data Corporation IDC


Approximately a year after the launch of Apple Smart Watch, it established a new benchmark for the worldwide Smart Watch market,. According to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Device Tracker, total Smart Watch shipments will reach 20.1 million in 2016, with an increase of 3.9% from the 19.4 million units shipped in 2015.

IDC categorizes a wearable that do not run third party applications as a basic devices. Basic wearable can take on multiple form factors – wristbands and watches – but highlighting all of them, is that none of them run third-party apps.

“Till date, Smart Watches are in the realm of brand loyalists, but we expect that to change over the next few years,” as stated by, research manager for IDC’s Wearable team.

“It has become more obvious that consumers are not willing to handle the technical pain points that have been associated with many wearable devices,” said Ryan Reith, vice president for IDC’s Mobile Trackers.

Complaints about battery life, dependency, and minimal use cases have been versed across most of the publications and research findings.

These amendments and improvements are rapidly being deployed by most vendors and hence this aspect should improve. But at the same time the increase in devices that have fashion appeal over technological appeal should be a catalyst to growth in both Smart Watches.

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