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China's market for children's smartwatches doubles in 4 years

Kids go crazy for them, but government worried they could hinder learning

Youth-focused XTC started selling smartwatches in 2015, with most now costing between $86 and $288. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU -- The market for children's smartwatches has doubled over four years in China due to the growing popularity of XTC and other youth-focused electronics makers.

But this pace could slow as Beijing moves to tighten regulations out of concern that smartwatches could hurt children's daily lives and learning.

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