A smartwatch is a wrist-worn type of wearable device providing various functionalities to its user and acting as a companion device with smartphones. Smartwatches are mostly need to be paired with a smartphone using any connecting technology such as near-field communication (NFC) or Bluetooth. Smartwatches provide notifications to its user and can also be used to track health parameters such as heart rate, distance traveled, etc. Moreover, smartwatches can also be used as a GPS device. Smartwatch provide high degree of connectivity to its users and are useful for the group that aims health related purposes and fitness tracking. Global smartphone shipments are expected to increase continuously in the coming years due to developing network infrastructure and increasing internet penetration. The global smartwatch market was valued at US$ 701.2 Mn in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 53.6% during the forecast period 2014 – 2020.
On the basis of price range, the global smartwatches market is segmented into high-end smartwatches, mid-end smartwatches, and low-end smartwatches. Smartwatches with price above US$ 250 are considered under high-end smartwatches segment. High-end smartwatches segment is anticipated to witness strong growth in next few years (2015 – 2017) due to number of large smartphone manufacturers such as Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Inc., and Sony Corporation focusing on the development and launch of their high-end smartwatch models. However, unwillingness to pay above US$ 250 for a smartwatch and low awareness pertaining to wearable technology and products is the major concern for the growth of smartwatches market. Furthermore, limited battery life and its effect on overall performance are expected to restrain the global smartwatch market. Currently, the companies offering high-end smartwatches overrun the global smartwatch market. However, growing commercialization activities, and research and development is anticipated to result in significant number of mid-end and low-end smartwatch models over the forecast period.
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n 2013, North America was the largest market for smartwatches in terms of revenue. The region has experienced significant adoption of high-end smartwatches due the presence of tech-savvy and health conscious users in this region. Fitness and health are expected to remain the major applications of smartwatches over the forecast period. This is attributed mainly to the high smartphone penetration in the North American region. Furthermore, awareness among end-users and higher purchasing power is anticipated to drive the regional market over the forecast period 2014 – 2020. Europe and Asia Pacific are anticipated to witness healthy growth over the forecast period. Demand from countries such as China, India, Japan, and Australia is anticipated to drive the Asia Pacific market in the next few coming years. Mass adoption of mid-end and low-end smartwatches in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe is expected to drive the demand for this market over the forecast period.
The smartwatch market has gained significant momentum in recent years due to the entry of several major players in the smartwatch market. Most component suppliers and smartphone vendors such as: Samsung Electronics, Inc., Sony Corporation, and Apple Inc. are expanding their wearable product offerings. Furthermore, most smartwatches available in the market currently work as companion devices; thus, the presence of a large number of existing smartphone users is a key factor anticipated to drive the market in the next few years. Companies manufacturing smartwatches are customizing their operating systems for use in wearable devices. For instance, Google, Inc. has launched Android Wear, a customized version of the Android OS for use in wearable devices. Most hardware manufacturers are entering in the smartwatch market with Android Wear as the pre-installed OS; thus, the Android Wear OS has been experiencing significant growth in the smartwatch market.
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The research report on smartwatch market provides a detailed analysis of the different categories of smartwatches, and helps in understanding the driving forces behind the popularity of the wearable products. It also provides an analysis of the major segments of the smartwatch market for the period from 2012 to 2020. The report includes extensive analysis of the industry drivers, restraints, opportunities, and market trends. The study provides comprehensive assessment of the stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the business. This research study focuses on providing market data and insights, including the size and growth of the smartwatch market. The report provides a thorough analysis of the emerging industry trends, and the current state of the market. It offers a comprehensive coverage of the underlying technological and economic factors influencing the smartwatch business. The prevalent competition in the market is highlighted through the market share analysis of key players in the market. Furthermore, the value chain analysis is included in the report with an aim to provide strategic insights across the supply chain of the smartwatch market.
The report segregates the global smartwatch market based on operating systems, and the price range. Operating systems in the smartwatch market have been categorized into: Android Wear OS, Watch OS, and others. The others segment includes: Tizen OS, Pebble OS, Firefox OS, and LinkIt OS. The study also includes the categorization of smartwatch market on the basis of price range. High-end smartwatches, mid-end smartwatches, and low-end smartwatches are the price range categories included in the report. The report aims to provide a comprehensive cross-sectional analysis of the component, type, and application segments across North America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA).