North America Smart Watch Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)
North America Smart Watch Market is Segmented by Operating Systems (Watch OS, Android/Wear OS, Other Operating Systems), Display Type (AMOLED, PMOLED, TFT LCD), Application (Personal Assistance, Medical, Sports, Other Applications), Country (United States, Canada)
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2018 - 2026
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The North America smartwatch market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.57% during the forecast period. Larger penetration of smartphones and growing concern about personal health & fitness by the population are the key factors driving the growth of the studied market. Moreover, innovative features such as tracking, alerts, and connectivity in smartwatches have garnered consumer interest in recent years.
According to Consumer Technology Association, activity fitness trackers, a type of wearable electronic device, can be found in around 22% of households in Canada, and these devices are used in a fitness-related context, with standard features including heart rate monitoring, GPS tracking, and calorie tracking. These devices rank among Canada's most popular wearables, particularly in regions like Alberta and Saskatchewan/Manitoba.
North America houses some of the most innovative smartwatch brands that invest huge capital in research development activities, keeping the region at the forefront of technological innovation in the industry. For instance, in the financial year 2020, Apple Inc. invested USD 16,217 billion in research and development, which is 6.23% of its total revenue. Similarly, Garmin invested USD 605.36 million in innovation, which is 16.10% of the total revenue generated in 2019.
With companies, such as Fitbit Inc. and Apple Inc., making significant revenues from the United States, the North American region is expected to have a high market share during the forecast period. In 2020, Apple Inc. generated 45.37% or USD 124,556 million from the American region, and Fitbit Inc. generated 55.7% of the total revenue only from the United States in 2019, which represents a stronghold on the market.
The integration of IoT technology is enhancing the capability of smartwatches to serve the purpose of multiple apps and devices and therefore offering better connectivity better user and other connected devices. Furthermore, the growing popularity of hybrid smartwatch, between a traditional and a smartwatch, can create new opportunities for the players in the smartwatch market. A hybrid smartwatch offers the features of a regular smartwatch with some connected features but without a touch display or charging functionality.
Scope of the report
A smartwatch is a wearable electronic device that also has computed capabilities for specific functions and closely resembles a wristwatch. Owing to the type of application it is used for, in addition to displaying the time, many smartwatches have wireless communication capabilities that a user can use from the watches interface to initiate and answer phone calls, read emails and messages, receive weather report updates, dictate emails or text messages, or use it as a personal digital assistant.
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Key Market Trends
Growing Adoption of Connected Devices in North America is Expected to Drive the Studied Market
According to Cisco Systems, the wearable market is promising in the United States, as the number of connected wearable devices in North America is expected to grow to over 439 million in 2022. North America is forecast to be the region with the most 5G connections made using wearable devices in 2022. The 439 million North America connections would be 222 million more than those made to 4G networks in 2017.
In the forecast period, the rollout of 5G across the United States by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will produce a significant increase in connected devices in the home, car, and human body. With speeds potentially being 100 times faster than standard 4G, the new norm is going to spectacularly speed the streaming or downloading capability of the smartwatch. The ongoing trend for self-sufficient smartwatch rather than relying on smartphone connectivity offers huge potential to the market.
With the rise of 5G, the smartwatch may no longer need substantial physical storage to be built into them and can be used for additional sensors for advanced functionality. With faster connections, lower latency, and effectively instantaneous transmissions, users could simply store all their apps and files on the cloud rather than requiring their smartphone or wearable device to include physical storage.
With companies such as Fitbit and Apple making significant revenues from the United States, the region is presumed to have a high market share during the forecast period. Cisco Systems stated that the growth of the wearables market in North America is highlighted by figures that expect 25% of the adult population in the United States to be using a wearable device by 2022.
Further, companies have been filing patents and commenting positively on the future of smartwatch technology, such as gesture recognition and futuristic applications. This is likely to make the industry players in the United States spend on research and development of such technologies, thereby shaping the future applications.
Amidst of pandemic, Covid-19, vendors are seizing opportunity by launching the smartwatch and fitness tracker, which can monitor and guide the user based on its measurements.
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Increasing Rate of Heart Disease and Cost of Treatment is Expected to Drive the Market
According to the American Heart Association's Heart and Stroke Statistics, at least 48% of all adults in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease. Much of the prevalence is driven by an increase in the number of people classified as having high blood pressure, following the 2017 guidelines that redefined hypertension levels to 130/80 mm Hg. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States as one person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease, and about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year that is 1 in every four deaths.
The healthcare cost for the treatment of heart disease in the United States is expected to triple by 2030, according to the new projections from the American Heart Association. This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death. Due to this, many people are switching to smartwatch and fitness tracker, which is a one-time investment, and through that, the user is able to monitor vital activities in real-time such as sleep tracking, steps, heart rate, oxygen measurements, etc. and offer lesser visits to the clinic for regular health checkups.
Therefore, many vendors in the region are investing to increase the monitoring capabilities of the smartwatch by partnering with the health research institute. For instance, Apple partnered with the National Institutes of Health and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health for a major long-term study of women’s health. The collaboration will permit researchers to study conditions including pregnancy, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopausal transition, and osteoporosis. Apple’s new Research App will help users participate in the study. The new study will connect academic medical institutions, healthcare organizations, and Apple products with the goal of contributing to medical science and helping to create the next generation of innovative health software.
Moreover, many technology players in the market are also planning to utilize the core fitness technology of the smartwatch provider. For instance, in November 2020, Google has entered into a definitive agreement with Fitbit Inc for USD 7.35 per share in cash. It is a part of its business strategy through which it will be able to utilize Fitbit’s resources and global platform to accelerate innovation in the wearable category.
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The North America smartwatch market is concentrated due to higher initial investments. It is dominated by a few major players like Apple Inc., Fitbit Inc., Garmin Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, and Fossil Group Inc. These significant players, with a prominent share in the market, are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. However, with technological advancements and product innovations, mid-size to smaller companies are growing their market presence by securing new contracts and tapping new markets.
August 2020 – Fitbit Inc. launched the Fitbit Sense, the most advanced health smartwatch. It is embedded with innovative sensors, software technology, and the first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor to help manage stress, along with advanced heart rate tracking technology, a new ECG app, and an on-wrist skin temperature sensor, all powered by 6+ days of battery life.
September 2020 – Apple Inc. unveiled the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. Apple Watch Series 6 added a new feature that measures the oxygen saturation of the user’s blood, so they can better understand their overall fitness and wellness. While the Apple watch SE features the same accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter as Apple Watch Series 6, and with the latest motion sensors and microphone, it offers robust health and safety capabilities including fall detection, Emergency SOS, international emergency calling, and the Noise app.