One in 10 American adults expected to have a smartwatch next year

CNET | 12/13/2018 | Steven Musil
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More American adults than ever are expected to sport a smartwatch on their wrist next year, and many of them will be older Baby Boomers, according to new projections released Thursday.

The percentage of US adults who use a smartwatch will cross the 10 percent milestone for the first time in 2019, predicts research firm eMarketer. About 28.7 million Americans 18 and older, or 11.1 percent of the adult US population, will use a smartwatch next year, eMarketer said.

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"Continuous improvements in design and functionality are key drivers of smartwatch adoption," eMarketer forecasting analyst Cindy Liu said a statement. "Specifically, LTE connectivity will be a huge driver, as it allows smartwatch users to stay connected while leaving their phones behind."

Smartwatches are a driving force behind wearable device usage in the US, which eMarketer expects to reach more than 60 million people in 2019, an increase of 9.2 percent over 2018. More than 20 percent of internet users are expected to use a wearable device next year.

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