With people getting better jobs in cities, their disposable income is growing. This is propelling the sale of things that were earlier considered a luxury and additional expense, such as vehicles and electronic gadgets. These things have become a marker of the socioeconomic status, with people flaunting their gadgets amongst peers and at social callings. Further, with people adopting a sedentary lifestyle, either out of necessity or choice, the incidence of lifestyle-associated diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, is rising.
In this regard, the rising prevalence of obesity, which leads to other severe diseases, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and blood pressure, the latter two of which are themselves triggers for the really nasty heart diseases, such as heart attack, is propelling smartwatch sales. In an article of June 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.” Hence, people are downloading applications on their smartwatches that help them count the steps they take and the calories they burn and monitor their heart rate, to help them keep a track of their fitness.
Another driver for the smartwatch market is that many of these devices integrate with smartphones. Although smartwatches have an internet connection and many are being integrated with long-term evolution (LTE) features, they cannot yet make phone calls on their own. However, they synchronize with a smartphone via Bluetooth or another technology, which, combined with their loudspeaker, allows people to answer calls coming on their phone with their smartwatch. On the other hand, the information collected by smartwatch sensors and applications can be sent to and stored in the smartphone.
To make these products even more popular, consumer electronics companies are shifting their strategy. Presently, most such devices, which are marketed as unisexual, have male-oriented designs, which makes them a little less popular among women. However, seeing that women, especially corporate women and sportspersons, are displaying a rising demand for them, companies are offering smartwatches with designs that appeal to the fairer sex. Titan, part of Tata Group, launched one such smartwatch with a female-oriented design in December 2017.
During the forecast period, the fastest growth in the smartwatch market is projected to be seen in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. This is attributed to the booming population of the region, which is moving to the cities and witnessing an increase in its spending power as a result. Additionally, with the improving educational scenario, people here are becoming more aware of the latest technologies, which is propelling smartwatch sales. Moreover, APAC, led by China and Taiwan, is the largest manufacturer of consumer electronics in the world.
Thus, with the advancing technology, smartwatch sales will increase in the years to come.