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Adjacent Wearable Technology to have Impact on Future Smartphone Designs

June 06, 2014  | Subscribers Only

Wayne Lam Wayne Lam Principal Analyst, Mobile Devices & Networks

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The emergence of wearable computing devices such as smart-watches has begun to gain traction with consumers as the technology offers glimpse of a future of omnipresent mobility. While current versions of smart-watches revolve more specifically around fitness and health applications rather than wider computing applications, newer wearable designs from Samsung and Sony points to multi-functional smart-watches that are designed work in conjunction with the smartphone to expand its utility and improve the overall mobile user experience.  With these two adjacent technologies starting to merge, IHS forecasts the resulting combined technology evolution will have a significant impact on the future design of smartphones.  IHS expects that these forward-looking design trends to have a lasting impact on smartphone designs for years to come. This analyst insight will highlight some of the leading design trends and outline further anticipated changes to smartphone designs.


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