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With IFA 2014 just around the corner, everyone's attention has turned to what new manufacturers will be showcasing at Europe's biggest tech conclave. Whilst smartphones ( for obvious reasons) have been a part of IFA for quite some time, but this year wearables are expected to explode like anything.
If last year Samsung shook the tech world with the launch of the Galaxy Gear, this year the South Korean giant could showcase not one but two or three wearable devices. Other than Samsung, industry's leading tech vendors , including the likes of Sony, LG and Asus have hinted at the arrival of new range of wearable devices.
The smartwatch market has grown by almost 700 % this year, according to Canalys'. By 2018, an estimated 250 million smart wearables will be in use - 14 times more than in 2013, according to CCS Insight's new global forecast. All this means that the shipments of smart wearable devices, including smartwatches, are expected to grow in months to come.
No doubt, the market for smartwatches are slowly and steadily increasing. At the same time, there is no intelligent watch that truly stands above the rest. It seems that the current generation smartwatches are incompetent enough to deliver on consumer expectations. However, there are a dozens of intelligent watches, currently in development, that are expected to reach market by end of this year.
On the basis of rumors and speculations, we've managed to come up with a list of top 5 smartwatches you should expect at IFA 2014. Take a closer look into sliders below!
It wasn't long ago when LG launched its first ever Android Wear powered smartwatch. But it appears that the South Korean giant has already planned to announce the second-generation smartwatch powered by Android Wear platform. If reports are to be believed, LG may unleash a Moto 360 killer at IFA 2014 in Berlin. A LG teaser video shows glimpses of the G Watch R with a round circular face. The current-gen G Watch is fairly standard in respect of features and design. It is priced at Rs. 14,990 in India.
The original Sony SmartWatch was not less than a disaster. Then, the second-generation came with little improvements. Now Sony is pinning its hopes on the third version to the SmartWatch. According to a new report, the Japanese giant will be sticking with a similar design to the SmartWatch 2. This means that the SmartWatch 3 might not come with a circular round face, like the upcoming Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. The new watch may offer redesigned UI. Interestingly, the intelligent watch will have Wi-Fi, wireless charging support and waterproof chassis. Sony could launch the SmartWatch 3 on Sep. 3 in Berlin.
Sam Mobile, a popular blog dedicated to Samsung, is reporting that the company could launch a new smartphone, with a round face. Apart from the round face, there's hardly any info available at this moment. The watch is expected to be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in Berlin. We hardly know whether the watch is going to support Android Wear or if Samsung will use Tizen OS. Only time will tell.
Inspired by Samsung, the Nexus 7-maker will likely to launch its first-generation smartwatch next month at IFA 2014. Expectations from the Asus-made smartwatch are immense. Just a day back the company had teased the smartwatch with a curved display. The upcoming smartwatch seemed to be impressive, if one asked to judge the watch on the basis of sketched render. If media reports are to be believed, Asus could price its watch under $150 ( Rs. 8,200) or $99 ( Rs. 6,000), making it the cheapest Android Wear smartwatch.
Aside from introducing the forthcoming round smartwatch, Samsung might be planning to showcase a new watch with standalone calling features. The Gear Solo has been speculated many a time in the past few months, so it's arrival at IFA 2014 cannot be ruled out completely. According to several media reports, the Gear Solo won't be dependent on a smartwatch, instead it will be totally autonomous from your smartphone. Though, it's unclear whether the watch will run on Samsung's promoted Tizen OS or on Google's Android Wear platform.