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1.2 Million Smart Watches To Ship This Year

More than 1.2 million smart watches will ship this year, according to ABI Research. Speculation puts Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung working toward becoming several of many manufacturers that will contribute to the market. The analyst firm splits the wearable computing segment into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches, and completely independent smart watches. ABI Analyst Joshua Flood explains that devices with notifications are similar to MetaWatch and Cookoo smart watches, for example, offering alerts for incoming calls, messages and other notifications. Voice operational smart watches enable users to conduct calls and speak some commands via the device such as Martian's smart watch.

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