U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast Update, 2017–2021: CY 4Q17

U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast Update, 2017–2021: CY 4Q17

This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the U.S. wearable computing device market."The U.S. wearables market is experiencing its fair share of growing pains while maintaining its upward trajectory," says Ramon T. Llamas, research manager, IDC's Wearables team. "The number of vendors exiting the market is being more than offset by the number of vendors and devices launching into the market, many with new features like cellular connectivity or virtual assistants. Moreover, higher demand among smartwatches and hybrid watches is making up for the softness in the fitness tracker market. Altogether, this sets up the market for continued evolution and growth, and cast a wider net to the mass market. Still, without a compelling reason for many users to own a wearable device, overall volumes and growth will remain in check throughout the forecast period."

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IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Basic Wearables Versus Smart Wearables
Wearables Forecast by Product
Average Selling Price and Value
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
Entrance of More Vendors and Devices
Proliferation of Products
Inhibitors
Lukewarm Reception Within the Mass Market
Constant Reliance on Smartphones
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Methodology
Primary Data Sources
Secondary Sources
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker
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