2018 was another strong year for wearables, smartwatches and fitness trackers, as their abilities grew, and so too did demand from consumers keen to use them.
Just as smartphone sales begin to slow, falling victim to a stagnant and expensive market where consumers held onto their purchases for longer than ever, more affordable wearables are on the up.
Analysts IDC predict global wearable sales to double over the next four years, as companies look to take advantage of consumer demand for quantifying their activity and keep closer checks on their health.
With devices like the Apple Watch Series 4 - able to take an ECG reading in the US — the wearable market is going to mature through 2019, as manufacturers of consumer tech edge ever closer to the medical tech industry.
Here's a look at what wearables — including smartwatches and fitness trackers — we expect to see in 2019.
Tag Heuer Connected
At the other end of the wearable market, luxury Swiss watchmakers like Tag Heuer are still investing in the smartwatch industry. We recently heard that sales of the Tag Heuer Connected have taken a dip, but with the new, smaller 41mm model only launching in 2018, we hope the future is still bright for at least another generation of Tag smartwatch.
This hopeful outlook also applies to Montblanc, Frederique Constant and all of the other Swiss watchmakers who have dipped their toes into the smartwatch and hybrid watch waters in recent years. They are very welcome, in our eyes, and shouldn't be drowned out by Apple and Samsung.
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