The upcoming Apple Watch 2 is speculated to natively support cellular network without the need to tether to an iPhone.
A research conducted at Canalys predict that an estimated 7.5 million smartwatches will be sold this year. Apple Watch is expected to lead and escalate the smartwatch industry to a new height.
Between the year 2016 to 2020, the smartwatch sale is presumed to magnify annually with 63 percent growth rate.
Currently, smartwatches are mostly being used to view the notification from a smartphone on their wrist. The smartwatch has the potential to do much more than that. Canalys assumes that Apple Watch 2 will bring light to many prospective uses of a smartwatch.
A ZDNet report indicates that Apple Watch 2 will feature with integrated cellular connectivity. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to launch within this year. It will be a truly independent smartwatch which shall work without tethering to a mother device using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. This will make the device much more useful.
Google have unveiled Android Wear 2.0 at I/O 2016, which puts more emphasis on Android Wear smartwatches featuring native cellular network support. LG is already selling a cellular network supported variant of the Watch Urbane LTE in the market. Samsung also recently introduced the Gear S2 Classic, a Tizen OS powered smartwatch with inbuilt mobile network connectivity.
Although present in the market for a considerable time, smartwatches have never gained much attention from the consumers due to their lack of functionality. With much better usability, smartphones have always been the center of attraction.
If cellular network connectivity is included in smartwatches, it would be able to turn them into much useful for mobile communication. So, we will not be surprised at all it Apple Watch 2 comes featuring this much demanded and genuinely useful function.