More details on HTC smartwatch revealed; timepiece to be powered by Android and include a camera

More details on HTC smartwatch revealed; timepiece to be powered by Android and include a camera
On Monday, HTC CEO Peter Chou put down the current crop of smartwatches, calling them nothing but early versions and gimmicks. At the same time, the executive said that the wearable market was an important, "critical" one that HTC would have to be in. Well, it looks like the Taiwan based manufacturer is already working on a smartwatch. According to those with knowledge of the device, the HTC timepiece will be powered by Android and will come with a camera.

The insiders said that HTC still has to figure out what functions will be on the timepiece, how much it will cost, and how it will market the watch. HTC aims to  have its watch on the market by the second half of next year. That could be the same time period when Apple will finally release its oft-rumored iWatch. The Cupertino based firm had to hire more engineers earlier this year to help it continue working toward finishing the design of its smartwatch. The company has trademarked the iWatch name globally.

There is plenty at stake here for HTC, Apple and others. According to Juniper Research, the wearables market, which consists of smartwatches and other connected devices like glasses, will soar from $1.4 billion in retail sales this year, to $19 billion by 2018.
 
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch recently launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 , which it syncs with. Priced at $299, the watch can be used only with the Galaxy Note 3 and sales have been soft. There is speculation that a more full-featured sequel, the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, will be revealed at the CES in January.

source: Bloomberg

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5 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Welcome HTC! May the best man win!

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Dam it just bout me self a 700$ tissot watch and now this comes out

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Why do manufacturers insist on putting a camera in smartwatches? That's what smartphones are for! The only possible use for such a camera is if you're being robbed and you can use the watch to identify the offenders...oh wait, they'll take your shiny new watch too.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

At first I also feel that my gear camera is a gimmick but after using it for work getting stable snap shot of site survey picture for proposal, piece of information passed to me in paper form I could snap it and throw away the paper. Doing this without the worry of dropping the phone. Camera on the wrist offers stable shots of picture with zero risk of dropping. I am sold on the idea of wrist camera. Smart watch with no camera is a big con to me.

5. mwhardy

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

1. Android watch OS is crap. Kickstarted Martian is more practical and advanced. It's all about the software and HTC looks silly for knocking other Android based manufacturers when they're going to be on the same bad OS 2. Camera all the way. They should add a front facing one too for video calls 3. Galaxy Gear 2 is throwing good money after bad wristgenie.com

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