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July 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Smartwatches the next big thing? One research firm thinks so

Rumors and reports have been swirling about Microsoft and Apple working on smartwatches.

If the companies’ plans come to fruition, would it be enough to make smartwatches the next big thing in mobile tech?

At least one research firm thinks so. Canalys this morning issued its forecast that worldwide, 5 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2014.

That’s up from the 2012 shipment figure, which Canalys estimated at 330,000, led by Sony and Motorola. Canalys predicts that 500,000 smartwatches will be shipped this year, with Pebble Technology joining the other companies as a market leader.

“Smartwatches are then set to explode by the end of 2014, growing tenfold as a new generation of devices from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others are launched,” Canalys said in its report, which predicts that the new smartwatches will not replace smartphones but will, instead, complement them as “appcessories.”

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