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While up until now the major manufacturers producing smartwatches included names from the tech industry (Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei), the rising popularity and demand of smartwatches is now attracting more traditional watchmakers as well.
We’ve come a long way from the first generation of smart watches and Android Wear itself has undergone positive changes with recent upgrades, bringing more functionality and ease of use.
Earlier we reported popular brand, TAG Heuer’s intention of releasing an Android powered watch later this year, and now, according to The Wall Street Journal, Swatch is also planning to enter the smartwatch arena.
However, according to initial reports, Swatch’s smartwatch will depend heavily on NFC (Near Field Communication) for features like mobile payments, and it is not yet clear whether it will be running on Google’s Android Wear.
What we do know though is that the watch will have low power consumption thanks to NFC and is expected to be announced this summer. Swatch’s CEO also confirmed the report and stated that the Swatch NFC Watch will be available in the U.S, China and Switzerland first.
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He also went on to state that the Swatch watch competes against the Apple Watch and smartwatches by Samsung, which may be an indication that the former will be compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
There aren’t a lot more details available at the moment, but we can tell you that smartwatches are catching on and the best is definitely yet to come.
Do you currently own an Android Wear smartwatch or the Apple Watch? What is your take on smartwatches and their actual utility in daily use?
Do you think traditional watch makers like TAG Heuer and Swatch will have an edge over tech companies like Samsung and LG when it comes to making smartwatches, or will they always lag behind in terms of technology?
Comment below to share your thoughts with us, we’d love to know what you think about smartwatches and their future.