Unlike earlier products, these smart watches will provide more sophisticated software and more elegant hardware. Glanceable information, integration across sensors and hooks into web services will be key features. These companion devices will not replace smart phones, but rather complement them as "appcessories."
Chris Jones, Canalys' vice president and Principal Analyst, claims that:
Smart watches will be the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets. Software platforms tied to smart watches will also be a tremendous opportunity for developers to write apps in categories such as health and wellness or sports and fitness.
Software will be an issue, Canalys warns, as creating a successful developer platform for the next-generation smart watch will be a challenge. Whether Apple, Google, and Microsoft are able to do this of course remains to be seen.
For some of our recent news on Apple's anticipated smart watch, see: Apple Hiring "Aggressively" For iWatch, Aiming For Late 2014 Launch, Are You One Of The Majority Who Doesn't See The Point Of The iWatch?, and Apple Could Have Trouble Securing The "iWatch" Trademark In The U.S., U.K..