The smartwatch era is upon us. And there’s no turning back from it. If you still haven’t jumped in with the bandwagon, it’s safe to say that there is no better time than now to get into it. These days, smartwatches are becoming the norm in wristwatches, and while watches with quartz movement still reign king when it comes to sales, smartwatches are nipping on its heels.
With the turn of the decade, there are many watch technologies in-store for the next few years to be excited about. Safe to say that the technology in smartwatches is only becoming more and more complicated. Here are the things that you’ll be seeing on the smartwatches of the future:
Expect giant leaps in battery life.
The smartwatches of today already have great battery lives. But the technology for batteries is still in its early stages. It’s expected that in the next three years or so, lithium-ion batteries will hold more charges in the thinner form factor. A great smartwatch shouldn’t be charged every day, but it seems like the opposite is true with flagships available in the market.
The Apple Watch needs to be recharged almost every day. Top Wear OS watches like the Huawei Watch 2 can’t go on for three consecutive days without losing power. As more and more fitness and health tracking activities are loaded in smartwatches, not to mention power-hungry apps, it’s only a natural progression of things for batteries to get more powerful.
How significant the changes in battery lives are yet to be determined. The best technologies are the ones which are perfected to make everyday life easier, like when the best automatic watches don’t need to have batteries. Battery life is no exempt from that. A whopping 100% improvement, maybe not on the horizon yet, but there are positive developments that are nigh.
Fitness tracking will be more powerful.
Every smartwatch that has launched in the past decade focused on one major headlining feature: fitness tracking. In new iterations, fitness tracking turned into something more wide-spanning, including overall health markers as well as identifying underlying medical conditions in its wearers. In the next decade, this feature will be bolstered to infinity.
There’s no question that this generation is focusing more on their overall wellness. Health isn’t only physical; it’s mental, emotional, and spiritual as well. This generation is trying to be better individuals in all aspects of their lives; that’s why the push for wearables to be part of that journey is essential.
The flagship smartwatches still are grappling with adding default health features that will directly affect its consumers in the most positive way. Apple Watch, for all the wonderful technologies it has, still does not have a sleep tracking feature. Fitbit, on the other hand, while being the most powerful in terms of health tracking, can still be amiss on some other aspects of health.
Faster computing speeds.
Experts agree that smartwatches will become the next frontier for communication. It’s not clear yet what’s next for smartwatch processors, but the future is positively laden with focus on faster computing speeds. This is especially true for non-Apple smartwatches, as the push for the next generation of chipsets will probably be focused on these manufacturers.
That’s not saying Apple does not need to be on its toes with its processors. Quite the contrary, in fact, because as much as the company has a wonderful team making its in-house SOCs, the competition will pressure it to come out with outstanding technology.
Some people will say that smartwatches are the new quartz movement watch – the segment grows exponentially and plateau for good if not given the best innovations that it needs. Original equipment manufacturers then need to be aware of how to incorporate these innovations into their smartwatches in order to make the product life cycle longer.