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    JUN 9, 2021
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    DEC 22, 2021

    Fitbit ranked 5th for wearables developers’ market share, claiming 5.9% of the global market in 2020, according to IDC’s tracking. Since being acquired by Google, Fitbit has begun clinical research to determine how its wearable can measure blood pressure. It also rolled out a new sleep tracking feature.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    Smart devices made major strides in the past year. The pandemic era has sparked greater interest in wearables. Penetration of both smartwatches and smart wristbands rose by several percentage points, reaching 21.3% and 24.8%, respectively, in H1 2021. Smart wristbands continued to attract more females than males, while males were more likely to own a smartwatch.

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    OCT 22, 2021
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    OCT 21, 2021

    Smartwatches and smart home devices are most popular with females and affluents. Smartwatch and smart wristband penetration saw a substantial uptick in Turkey in 2021. Smartwatch ownership rose from 15.2% of internet users to 21.6%, while penetration of smart wristbands rose 4 percentage points to 12.9%.

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    OCT 22, 2021
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    OCT 21, 2021
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    OCT 21, 2021

    However, smartwatches and smart wristbands did gain ground. Following a pattern seen in many other countries, penetration of both devices grew by a few percentage points; in H1 2021, 20.5% of internet users polled owned a smartwatch, and 12.4% had a smart wristband.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    In H1 2020, barely 12% of internet users polled in Italy owned a smartwatch, and fewer than 9% owned a smart wristband. A year later, those shares reached 19.4% and 11.8%, respectively. Both devices were more widespread among males than females, and among respondents ages 25 to 34. More than 25% of those in higher-income homes owned a smartwatch, as well.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    Smart devices gained popularity. The share of internet users ages 16 to 64 who owned a smartwatch climbed to 19.3% in H1 2021, in line with the growing interest in wearables during the pandemic. Smart wristbands also benefited from this trend, but uptake was lower than for smartwatches, at 13.5% this year. Penetration of smart home products also rose, from 8.7% last year to 11.9% in H1 2021.

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    MAR 18, 2021

    One area that will benefit from 5G’s low latency is wearables, such as smart glasses, hearables, and more capable smartwatches. VR headsets and smart glasses are device categories that have a lot of near-term potential with 5G.

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    DEC 28, 2021

    Better integration with wearables, condition-specific devices, and electronic health records (EHRs) will help disease management apps prosper. Providers and patients want mHealth apps to be convenient and to synchronize easily with other technology.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    In H1 2020, many of Poland’s internet users had little enthusiasm for smartwatches, smart wristbands, and other advanced digital gadgets—but the survey recorded a significant uptick this year. Nearly 23% of those polled in H1 2021 owned a smartwatch, with respondents ages 25 to 34 and those in affluent households at the forefront.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    In Singapore, unlike most other countries, smartwatches and smart wristbands experienced rather different fortunes during the year. While smartwatch ownership climbed to 20.9% in H1 2021, penetration of smart wristbands dropped to 14.1%. In high-income households, ownership of both devices was notably greater.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    Last year, we speculated that uptake of smartwatches and smart wristbands had stalled below 13%. In H1 2021, the picture was different: Nearly 20% of internet users owned a smartwatch, and almost 18% owned a smart wristband. Meanwhile, penetration of TV streaming sticks and similar devices approached 17%.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    But smartwatches gained more ground, with ownership rising from 14.3% to 17.4% between H1 2020 and H1 2021. The highest incidence of both devices was in the 25-to-34 cohort. As in prior years, internet users in middle- and higher-income households were also more likely to have either device.

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    MAR 18, 2021

    This would also enable more continuous security updates, as most of the data will reside in the cloud. 5G should also make wearables more common. With low latency, much of the computing for AR can occur in the cloud, allowing for much smaller batteries and computers in devices like smart glasses or VR headsets.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    Smartwatches and smart wristbands posted gains too. As of H1 2021, 16.3% of internet users ages 16 to 64 owned a smartwatch, and 12.3% owned a smart wristband. Males and females were almost equally likely to own a smartwatch, while smart wristbands were much more widespread among females. Penetration of both devices was greatest in the most affluent homes.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    As in many other countries, ownership of wearables and other smart devices has risen significantly. More than 1 in 10 internet users owned a smart wristband in H1 2021, and 16.0% had a smartwatch. Ownership of smart home products lagged well behind, however, at 7.6%. Voice assistants, by contrast, are already part of the everyday landscape for many of Brazil’s internet users.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    Smart devices are proliferating as digital formats overtake most traditional media. For the first time, more than half (52.5%) of internet users ages 16 to 64 owned a smart TV in H1 2021, versus 48.1% in H1 2020. Among individuals in high-income households, smart TV ownership passed 60% this year—though uptake in lower-income homes still lagged at 44.0%. Other smart devices also gained ground.

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    OCT 21, 2021

    Wearables and other smart devices had a mixed year. Nearly 25% of internet users owned a smartwatch in H1 2021, compared with 19.8% in H1 2020. Smart home products also saw an uplift in penetration, to 13.9%. Smart wristbands remained relatively unpopular, though; overall ownership stood at 14.3%, down from 14.7%.

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    MAR 18, 2021

    Smart devices. By reducing the need for local (on-device) computing power, 5G’s low latency, combined with edge computing, will enable a new generation of smart wearables, such as smart glasses, digital “hearables,” and more capable smartwatches, that consumers and retail employees alike will use. Autonomous and remote-controlled devices.

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    JAN 8, 2022

    Also notably missing were smartwatch and wearable announcements, indicating that interest in this segment has cooled.

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    OCT 12, 2021
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    OCT 21, 2021

    As in many other countries, smartwatches were significantly more popular among Mexico’s internet users in H1 2021 than a year prior, and smartwatch penetration rates also remained higher than in most Latin American nations. In Mexico, 18.6% of respondents owned a smartwatch this year; penetration rates in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia were 9.3%, 16.0%, and 14.8%, respectively.

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