HTC finally admits that its wearable product is delayed until 2015
posted by Alan F. / Oct 07, 2014, 4:37 PM
Drew Bamford, who runs HTC Creative Labs, says that the current roster of smartwatches available from other manufacturers is nothing to get excited about. Bamford says that none of HTC's rivals "have gotten it right."
Back in July, @evleaks had tweeted a message containing an image of what he said was an Android Wear powered smartwatch from HTC. But in early September, a rumor spread that HTC had canceled the project due to rising costs. But now it appears that the project is just taking longer than expected. According to Bamford, "We think the strategy we were working on will get us there, but we want to take our time and get it right. We honestly don’t think anyone has gotten it right."
source: Recode via AndroidCentral
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I know everyone sees wearables as the next big thing, but have consumers really attached themselves to watches or is this all hype? Sure, I'm interested to see how the Apple Watch works out, but Samsung has had one on the market for a while now, but it doesn't seem to be changing the game. Pebble was one of the first companies to launch a watch that communicates with your smartphone and it's far cheaper than its Samsung counterpart. But we don't see Pebbles all over the place. Google Glass, as awesome of a concept as it is, hasn't made any real waves in the consumer world because of price. So, I guess the question is, should all these manufacturers be running to develop watches? Is the excitement really there or is it media hype?
posted on Oct 07, 2014, 5:10 PM 2
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It just takes a while for the public to warm up. Usually, it takes a while for new technology to become mainstream, simply because of social judgement. Even though we personally think it's pretty cool or useful in some cases.
posted on Oct 07, 2014, 5:29 PM 1
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The problem is that all the products you mentioned did not deliver the full "smart wearable" experience yet. Samsung Gear: No round face. No standard OS. Pebble: Very close but also not round. Now we have the Moto 360 and Android Wear OS, all that's missing is at least a week battery life and more functionality (more creative apps really). I believe next year is going to be very interesting for refined versions of the Moto 360, LG GR and Apple Watch. But the full 100% experience should be around 2 years probably. By then battery tech would have advanced further and crazy cool / functional apps would be very mature by then.
posted on Oct 07, 2014, 5:32 PM 1
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This technology is in a tricky place because it is trying to combine convenience with fashion. I think the functionality is there to make a good case for the usefulness of these watches, and I have owed a few myself and use one everyday. But the fashion element is the real x factor here, and ultimately may doom this endeavor all together. Put it this way, go to any place that sells watches and notice how many makes and models are on display. What someone defines as cool (e.g. it needs to be round) a lot of other folks will disagree with. There's just a lot of personal preference at play here. There are only so many watches on the market at this time, and they don't differ from each other all that much. The market may really take off when there are a lot of options to choose from, but that will hardly leave a rich market to make a lot of money on, as revenues will be split among all the options available. I can see a lot of companies just turning away based on that dynamic alone.
posted on Oct 07, 2014, 10:22 PM 0
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