LAS VEGAS -- This year's CES heralded the arrival of a bevy of new smartwatches and fitness bands from longtime industry titans and new players alike. While incumbents Samsung and Huawei put a fresh coat of paint on their devices, Casio and Fitbit jumped into the game with advanced hardware for active people.
Wearables have continued to increase in popularity, as worldwide shipments of the devices reached 21 million units in the third quarter last year, according to according to IDC numbers. That amount represents a 197.6% increase from the 7.1 million units shipped during the third quarter of 2014.
The market is expected to continue the fast-paced growth. IDC predicts that makers of wearable devices will ship 111 million units by the end of 2016, and that number will nearly double in 2019 -- with smartwatch sales driving that growth.
Smartwatch shipments will push to 34.3 million during 2016, says IDC, as the popularity of fitness bands starts to fade.
Even so, smartwatch makers will need to do more to convince consumers they are worth the $300 to $400 price tags by expanding the feature set beyond the role of smart notification manager. That is what several vendors aimed to do at CES.
Take a look the latest wearable offerings on display at CES from Samsung, Huawei, Casio, HTC, and Fitbit.
**Elite 100 2016: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN. 15, 2016** There's still time to be a part of the prestigious InformationWeek Elite 100! Submit your company's application by Jan. 15, 2016. You'll find instructions and a submission form here: InformationWeek's Elite 100 2016.
Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of September 18, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."