The Manifest finds 56% of people own at least one wearable

Nov. 15, 2019

More than half of people (56%) own at least one wearable in the U.S., according to a new survey by The Manifest, a business news and how-to site. Furthermore, 13% of people plan to invest in a wearable in the next year, demonstrating the growing popularity of fitness trackers and smartwatches.

Google recently bought Fitbit for $2.1 billion, bringing new opposition to a market currently dominated by Apple. Google invested in creating its own wearable software, Wear OS. The company has not focused on building the necessary hardware, though. Fitbit, however, has been recognized for its hardware's impressive user experience (UX). Google could combine its Wear OS software and Fitbit's clean hardware into one smartwatch, creating a threat to Apple's control of the market.

Most people wear their fitness tracker or smartwatch all the time, indicating demand for longer battery life.  Battery life is a concern for users who wish to keep track of their daily activities without pause. Half of people (50%) wear their fitness tracker or smartwatch all the time and 31% of people wear their device consistently.

A product's long battery life can appeal to users who want uninterrupted usage. Apple Watch's battery life lasts up to 18 hours, which means within the cycle of a day, the watch must be charged. Fitbit, however, has extended the battery life of its smartwatches, Versa and Ionic, to four to five days. Google may use Fitbit's longer battery life to create a more seamless experience for customers who want to use their smartwatch uninterrupted.

The Manifest's 2019 Wearables Survey included 581 people who were familiar with wearables and other IoT technology.

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