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Samsung, Huawei, HTC Show Off Smartwatches At CES

The smartwatch field just got a bit more crowded, with new devices from Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Fitbit, and Casio. The companies showed off their latest gear at CES 2016.
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(Image: CES)

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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.

[See Hot Tech Trends To Watch In 2016.]

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.

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Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio

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1/6/2016 | 8:29:29 PM
And the winner is...
"Gear S2 compatible with iOS" Smart move from Samsung.
I'm glad Casio entered the smartwatch competition. Nevertheless, at $500... well, good luck. They're gonna need it.
I read that the Fitbit's shares fell more than 18% when the Blaze was announced. Another one who will need luck.
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