Wearables go hybrid as smart watches, fitness trackers merge

Wearables go hybrid as smart watches, fitness trackers merge

Fitness trackers are out. Smart watches are in. And soon both devices are going to blend together similar to what happened with PCs and tablets and the barrage of 2-in-1 devices.

Welcome to the ever-shifting world of wearables and the market is coming around to the well-worn watch form factor.

Consider:

And these developments all happen just a few days before Apple is likely to outline Apple Watch enhancements.

Clearly, fitness trackers and smart watches are going to merge. The secret sauce for each device maker will be balancing the fitness, watch, notification and app functionality. For what it’s worth, I’m a Garmin Fenix fan because I’m more about the fitness and sports and turn the notifications off. A text or email on your wrist is a nice to have feature for other folks. For me, these notifications are annoying.

Ron Kerr

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