HTC smartwatch still in the works after all

HTC Omni concept smartwatchHTC first confirmed plans to enter the wearables market with a smartwatch back in October 2013. Rumours that followed suggested that HTC was looking to develop a device based on the Qualcomm Toq. It was also named as one of Google’s Android Wear partners when the new platform was first announced. Further rumours pointed to a late summer 2014 release. Then rumours of cancelled plans emerged and HTC itself then confirmed that it would not jump into wearables until 2015. It did so this week at Mobile World Congress but with a fitness tracker called the HTC Grip rather than a smartwatch. Despite the setbacks, HTC has not given up on eventually offering a smartwatch.

In an interview, HTC CEO Peter Chou confirmed that development of a smartwatch has not stopped. “We try to be very careful instead of just putting out whatever, so we keep working on it,” Chou explained.

Chou would not reveal any details about the smartwatch itself or when we might see it. “You have to wait until we have something to announce,” he said. “You know me, I’m a more conservative person.”

Smartwatch sales were relatively modest in 2014 but are expected to grow significantly in 2015 spurred in large part by the launch of the Apple Watch.

Source : CNET