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Abundance Of Smartwatches Expected At IFA

August 25, 2015 - Written By Diego Macias

Wearable gadgets are one of the most innovative devices of both now and in the future. They have became possible thank to components getting smaller and they integrate a bunch of sensors that can be used for several purposes. Smartwatches are among the most popular wearables, as they integrate color touchscreens that allow notifications to be seen at a glance and control some aspects of a paired smartphone. Still, these devices haven’t been as popular as many might have expected, but since they all are pretty much in their first generation, companies look at these as an option to recover from declining sales of tablets and smartphones.

Samsung had the most sales in terms of smartwatches, but with the introduction of the Apple Watch, their sales were reduced significantly. So it seems the Apple Watch is the smartwatch to beat, despite all the criticism it got. We’ll have to wait and see if the companies have made enough changes or improvements for their second-generation smartwatches to make them more appealing and attract a wider audience. A bunch of them are expected to be introduced next week at IFA, as they have been leaked in pictures or teased by the companies themselves.

As it has always been, opposed to the strategy that Apple has adopted, Android Wear, the platform created specifically for wearable devices, is betting on offering different choices for everyone, as watches of all sorts, shapes and sizes designed with various materials are created by Google’s partners. Also, it is supposed to provide a simple and intuitive experience, which has been improved over time with several updates. Some of the smartwatches that are expected to be unveiled next week are the new Moto 360, which has been spotted being worn in the streets which suggests it is market-ready. LG might introduce a version of the Watch Urbane LTE and which will likely use Android Wear this time. The Huawei Watch was announced a long time ago, so the company might announce the availability at the event. Asus is supposed to give more details about its ZenWatch 2. Samsung teased its new Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch a few weeks ago, but it won’t run on Android Wear, opting for their own Tizen OS and is supposed to offer a unique way to control it with a rotating bezel. So, it does seem there will be a wide range of smartwatches to choose from following IFA.