Ah, HTC! The Taiwanese manufacturer – or unofficial sources thereof – reminds us an HTC smartwatch is still very much on the cards, though it mightn’t arrive till early next year.
That’s the story over on CNET, where “those familiar with the plans” happily contradict the notion that the HTC smartwatch had been scrapped altogether.
The Android Wear market is already becoming uncomfortably busy, so the obvious question is: As a relative latecomer, what will HTC bring to the table that the other big players haven’t already?
According to the anonymous sources, the HTC smartwatch includes “elements of design, which is what the company is known for”, alongside unspecified “features that consumers will more immediately gravitate toward”.
HTC has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the past few years. Once the darling of the Android world, it was brutally usurped by Samsung, now the number one player in global mobile.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese were the laughing stock of the tablet world after the disastrous HTC Flyer, a device that still hasn’t been properly followed up some 3.5 years later.
But there are flickers of positivity here and there. The HTC One (M8) for Windows received a largely warm welcome, while the Taiwanese have seemingly been trusted to run with the Google Nexus 9. A well-conceived HTC smartwatch could complement the portfolio nicely.
Seemingly it’ll be “early 2015” for the HTC smartwatch release. In the meantime, head over to Wareable for everything a man – or indeed woman – could possibly need to know about wearable tech.