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.
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