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Multi-Platform Rivalry Promises a Competitive New Smartwatch Era

As a child, I would often see science fiction movies depict watches that weren’t only watches. These devices allowed the users to contact friends, make video-calls, summon bat-mobiles, and transform themselves into crime fighting power rangers. I watched in awe as my favorite heroes used these devices in ways I couldn’t fathom, and waited for the day that these watches would exist outside of science fiction. Well, that day is now, as a wave of smartwatches washes over the market that can in fact execute many of these functions—with the exception of the bat-mobile and power ranger abilities. Within this emerging market, three companies seem to be making big moves towards integrating mobile payments into their watches.

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