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Fitness trackers outstrip smartwatches

Wearables for sport and fitness can perform an ever increasing number of tasks, and they are becoming more and more autonomous. The ability to gather health data represents a trendy marketing advantage over smartwatches.

24 Mar. 2017
Fitness-Tracker Smartwatch Huawei Watch 2
The Huawei Watch 2 also works with mobile networks. (Photo: Huawei)

While sales of smartwatches has tended to stagnate rather than meet the great expectations, the sale of simple wearables, which are limited to measuring steps and calories, is constantly gathering pace. There is a reason why WatchOS and Android Wear recently turned their attention to fitness and health applications. Analysts from the IDC market research institute already predicted that most fitness trackers would soon be able to do just as much as the first generation of smartwatches. On top of this, freedom from the smartphone is also just around the corner. Independent wireless connectivity and compatibility with third-party apps means there is still lots more to come in this market.

Huawei has already made the first moves in this field, in the shape of a watch that combines everything: the connectivity of a smartphone, the smarter living applications of a premium smartwatch and the capture of detailed training and movement data. The Huawei Watch 2 (the version with 4G support) also works with mobile networks and offers full connectivity for Android and iOS users.