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Time is ripe for smartwatches, analysts say

Published on Mar 31, 2013 10:26 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Amid much speculation on the future of the "smartwatch", the consensus is growing: the time is right.

In recent weeks, reports have surfaced about plans for smartwatches from tech giants Apple, Samsung and Google, with launches possible later this year.

"I think we have reached a tipping point," said Mr Avi Greengart, analyst on consumer devices at the research firm Current Analysis.

Mr Greengart said 2013 may be the year for the smartwatch because "the components have gotten small enough and cheap enough" and a large number of consumers now have smartphones that can connect to a wearable device.

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