HTC reportedly kills off its plans to produce a smartwatch

HTC reportedly kills off its plans to produce a smartwatch
As recently as July, before he hung up his QWERTY keyboard and called it quits, serial leaker evleaks posted an image of what he said was HTC's first Android Wear powered smartwatch. But apparently, the company has decided not to try to compete with LG, Samsung, Motorola and others, and has scrapped the project.

A report published on Friday, suggests that the rising costs of producing the watch was one of the reasons behind HTC's decision to cancel it. In addition, it is believed that the watch being devised by the company lacked any innovation or special design that would allow it to challenge the competition.

The smartwatch market is becoming more and more crowded, with Asus recently joining the group. Right now, there is a heavy air of anticipation as Apple's long awaited iWatch is expected to be unveiled on September 9th. As usual with Apple, the expectations are extremely high. While it is probable that Apple's timepiece will see the light of day this coming Tuesday, the product will probably not be made available to consumers until next year.

It is in this environment that HTC felt that it could not produce a smartwatch that could challenge those models already available, or about to be unveiled. There is always the possibility that HTC will change its mind, and dust off its old plans some time in the future.

source: Pocketlint

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17 Comments

1. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Good job HTC, bring something new to the table.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

HTC made bracer with 8" curve screen and I'm sold XD I'm still waiting for my peepboy 3000. I think a smart bracer would be awesome with on screen keyboard and always a blue tooth connected slide out keyboard for two hand typing. Also, a earpiece you can slide out from the bracer for phone calls. take it off and bend the screen flat to watch movie and play games. With that size, you might be able to put a 5 days usage of battery in it.

2. GadgetWiz

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 23, 2013

Smart move

3. Busyboy unregistered

Not sure that was the greatest idea. Why doesn't HTC make a watch similar to the smart watch 3 and add Boomsound speakers? It would truly be unique to the marketplace

10. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

that's just stupid and annoying to have boomsound on your wrist...

11. Busyboy unregistered

Why? A lot of people complain about the speaker on the new android watches

15. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

and a lot of those people are stupid too

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Waiting for MS to come up with a Lumia smartwatch running some sort of Windows version and being powered by Cortana.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I don't want a device with a smaller screen and smaller battery that done everything that my smartphones already can, give us a bombastic features that every smartphones doesn't.

6. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

HTC, together with Lenovo, Huawei, Oppo, XiaoMi, gionee, coolpad, meizu, will make a perfect smartwatch, after Apple does it Sebby :)

8. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Especially when some of these gimmicks cost more than a Moto G!

9. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

could be the smartest move theyve done. im not sure about these smart watch peripherals...

12. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

So glad they decided not to make one. Smart watches are completely stupid and gimmicky. Glad they are smart enough to not waste money. Good move.

13. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I’m starting to agree with HTC on this one or at least wait until the dust settles. Apple might be the only one that will make any serious money if they can make it affordable and desirable. With all these Android Wear watches fighting it out it will just get into a price war at who can make the cheapest Android Wear watch.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Smart move HTC. They should stop making handsets too because they suck. And stay away from the Nexus 9 while you are at it.

16. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Other manufacturers will follow. Just wait.

17. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Why the HELL would anyone pay for a Damn wrist gimmick from ANY company for $400? It's like wearing a miniature Ol' School Blackberry with that small-ass screen on your wrist. Christ, even that 2.8 inch Blackberry screen is bigger than the screen on a rip-off "smart(???)watch.

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