100 million people will be using smartwatches by 2019

Wearables are still a fledgling market but latest reports suggest 100 million of us could soon be adorning our bodies with portable gadgets.

Newly published stats from analyst firm Juniper Research predict that there will be around 100 million smartwatch users worldwide by 2019.

JR’s report reckons the next two years are most liable to see the biggest growth for wearables, largely due to the imminent Apple Watch release date and increasing uptake of Google’s Android Wear OS.

Another cause of the smartwatch surge is tipped to be outsider firms looking to snag themselves some wearables market share, according to Juniper.

Smartwatches will slowly gain more sales outlets as brands outside the technology sector, such as luxury watch maker TAG Heuer, enter the smart watch space,” reads the report.

The crystal-ball gazing analysts also say smartwatch prices will linger north of $200 (that’s around £125) all the way up until 2020.

The firm also predicted similar success for other wearables earlier this month too, foreseeing a rise in wearable tech shipments from 2014’s 27 million up to 116 million in 2017.

Juniper also expects smartwatches to finally overtake fitness wearables over the same three-year period.

This year has seen an incredible push from tech companies on the smartwatch front. Amongst 2014’s wrist-borne offerings are the Moto 360, the Apple Watch, the Sony Smartwatch 3, the LG G Watch R, and the Asus ZenWatch.

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Via: Wareable