Are Smartwatches Dead?
Smartwatches and other types of smart wearables have been around for quite a while now. When smartwatches were first released, a lot of people automatically thought that smartwatches would be the future, and that smartwatches would someday replace regular watches. A few years later and it seems that not a lot of people seem to care about smartwatches anymore. So this brings us to the question, are smartwatches dead?
To answer that question, smartwatches may not be considered a necessity for now, but they are far from dead. Keep reading as I talk more about this issue.
Why aren’t more people buying smartwatches?
First of all, I think most people who aren’t updated with the latest tech probably don’t even know what smartwatches are capable of. Unlike smartphones which are viewed as something that you need in your everyday life, smartwatches are viewed as an item made for convenience rather than necessity. While there may be some truth to that, smartwatches can still be very useful, but as of now, a lot of people can live without them.
Perhaps the biggest issue people have with smartwatches is the battery life. Maybe battery technology isn’t that great yet, as most smartwatches only last for about one day. This means you need to charge it every single day.
While there may be some ways to prolong a smartwatch’s battery life, this means that you would have to compromise and give up some features. So if you want to use all of your smartwatch’s premium features all day long, it would mean that you have one more gadget to charge at night.
As for some people, they just don’t see how smartwatches are better than regular watches. While smartwatches today look beautiful in my opinion, other people still like the look of a classic analogue watch. Some smartwatches can also be too big or too heavy on the wrist, and some people might find them uncomfortable.
Long story short, smartwatches may have a lot of useful smart features, but some people just aren’t looking for that.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that though; it just means that smartwatches don’t fit the lifestyles of some people.
Smartwatch sales data and forecast
So let’s talk about numbers. The International Data Corporation (IDC), which is an authority in providing market intelligence for the tech market has published several articles that talk about smartwatches and wearables in general.
Based on this article published by the IDC last June 18, 2018, the market for wearables all over the world is predicted to ship 124.9 million units by the end of 2018, which is 8.2% higher compared to last year. Additionally, although the growth is slightly lower than the 10.3% growth in 2017, the market is still expected to return double-digit growth from 2019 until 2022.
According to the IDC, smartwatches will gain a growing amount of market share over the course of their forecast, and will be responsible for 44.6% of all wearable distribution by the end of 2022. (Source: IDC)
With that data, could you say that smartwatches are dead? I wouldn’t say so myself, and it looks like they are not expected to die in the near future.
Smartwatches are getting smarter
Smartwatches are becoming better and better as time goes by. Today’s top smartwatches have great premium features that will surely attract more customers. The IDC even says that Apple’s latest decision to include cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch Series 3 has caught the attention of telcos, and has also helped with consumer acceptance. (Source: IDC)
Soon other smartwatch manufacturers would also be including this feature to their products, which will no doubt make more customers happy.
Samsung is also one of the big players in the smartwatch game, and the Samsung Gear Sport also has some great features that I think are worth mentioning. Aside from the great build quality, amazing display and good fitness tracking capabilities, the Gear Sport comes with offline Spotify support, which means users can now play their favourite songs from Spotify, even when they are offline.
Google even continues to establish a presence in the wearable market. Their previous operating system for smartwatches, previously known as Android Wear is now renamed to Wear OS. A lot of smartwatch users are actually also Apple users, and now that Google has renamed their operating system, they are more likely to attract more customers.
Most Wear OS smartwatches today also have built in NFC which allows users to use Google Pay for cashless payments. I think this feature alone has the ability to draw in more customers. Just imagine how convenient it would be to be able to pay for your stuff with just your smartwatch.
Smartwatches are still quite young, and in my opinion, they will only continue to get better as the years go by. This at least gives us something to look forward to and get excited about right?
While the best smartwatches today are no doubt amazing, they are also not perfect. Most smartwatches have an unimpressive battery life, and some people find them quite uncomfortable on the wrist. These are just two reasons why some people don’t see the need to buy smartwatches, and why it would seem that smartwatches are dead.
Recent data however says otherwise, and it seems that although some people don’t like them, there still seems to be a growing demand for smartwatches all across the globe.
Smartwatches have a lot of potential, and they are continually improving as time passes by. Smartwatches have come a long way since the first Pebble watch was released. We now have access to premium features such as NFC and cellular, which increases independence from smartphones.
With all the advancements we have seen so far, who knows what features are in store for us in the next few years? Maybe we’ll be getting battery lives that last months, or the capability to do live video calls. Let’s just hope for the best.
Although smartwatches may not be seen as must-have devices for now, they are indeed great companion devices, and they do offer a lot of value to the users.
So are smartwatches dead?
As I said at the beginning of this article, I personally believe that smartwatches are not dead, they are far from dead. Smartwatches are alive, and still growing at a steady pace. I don’t think they will be dying anytime soon. Smartwatches probably won’t change the world we live in today, but they are here to stay.
What about you? Do you think smartwatches are dead? Or do you think they are alive and just beginning to bloom?