Rumor says HTC watch is coming after all; Android Wear powered timepiece to arrive in 2015?

Rumor says HTC watch is coming after all; Android Wear powered timepiece to arrive in 2015?
Last week, we passed along a report stating that manufacturer HTC had decided to pass on producing a smartwatch. Rising costs to produce the timepiece was the reason cited for HTC's decision to pull out. But on Thursday morning, a new report revealed that HTC is still working on a smartwatch, and expects to release it in 2015. 

HTC is looking to build a watch that will standout from what is becoming an increasingly crowded market. Thursday's report said that the company will use its strength in design to differentiate an HTC watch from the other Android Wear timepieces recently launched by Samsung, LG and Motorola. Today's report does say that the version of Android Wear to be used by HTC will be altered, and offer different features.

While HTC has sent out invitations to an event on October 8th, those in the know say that an HTC Watch is not on the agenda. With the product category in its infancy, only .81% of consumers in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, and Australia own a smartwatch. Of those intelligent timepiece users, 51% use a Samsung device, 17% have a Sony strapped on their wrist, and Pebble owns 6% of the market.

With its watch now expected in 2015, HTC might be able to use the extra time to see where the competition succeeds and where they fail. HTC could work on making a thinner device with a longer battery life.

source: CNET



1. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Still better than Apple iWaste err... iWatch.

2. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Hope it's true, with the premium design of the one m8 carried over to a smart watch, it'll be the beauty of android wear. Don't mind them taking their time so long as the experience and design are refined in time for the market to mature a little.

3. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Based on the M7 and M8, I believe that this will overshadow the Moto 360 when it comes to beauty and perfection of both design and build quality.

4. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

"All metal". That could be pretty sweet.

5. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Boomsound on a watch? Boomsound on a watch.

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

They probably realized that Apple Watch was over hyped, over priced and over complicated to use and determined that they have a chance. Half the work is already done by Google. They just need to supply the body.

7. CLmaster

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

a smartwatch with HTC's design? yes please :)

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just take my money now HTC!

8. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'd love a smartwatch with an HTC flare. For now, I'm going with the 360. Even though I have a Samsung, their Gear watches just don't do it for me. If I'm going to wear a watch, I'm going to wear something that's pleasant for me to look at each and every time. Looking at a Gear on your wrist is like looking at those $15 calculator watches you could get at KMart (Yes, not even Wal Mart but KMart).

9. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

A smartwatch with blink feed! Good or bad?

11. Kadmspb

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Yes no doubt they most likely will create a beautiful product with a gorgeous industrial design, a product which will be crippled by a horrible battery life...

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

If HTC can't make a phone without that HTC bezel how much room would they need for their watch? What time is it? It's HTC. Sorry that is what is permanently etched on the 3/4 of the screen. The time is on the other 1/4 of the screen.

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