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HTC reportedly kills off its plans to produce a smartwatch

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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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posted on 05 Sep 2014, 11:40 9

1. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Good job HTC, bring something new to the table.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 12:30

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 11:40 2

2. GadgetWiz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)

Smart move

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 11:40 3

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 13:48 5

10. HTCOE (Posts: 635; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 13:50

11. Busyboy (unregistered)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 15:30 2

15. HTCOE (Posts: 635; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

and a lot of those people are stupid too

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 11:47 3

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 11:55

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1352; Member since: 06 Jul 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 12:00 3

6. WendyFromCircus (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 12:36 2

8. LikeMyself (Posts: 457; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 12:48 1

9. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 14:01 2

12. newbey123 (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Mar 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 14:15 1

13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Iā€™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.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 15:01

14. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 21:28 1

16. Muayyad (Posts: 239; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Other manufacturers will follow. Just wait.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 01:12 1

17. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 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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