[UPDATE: Comment from HTC] Photos of HTC and Under Armour’s Smartwatch Leak For the Second Time
Update 1/25/2017: According to tbreak’s interview with HTC’s Chialin Chang, HTC is not creating a smartwatch. Full quote:
I can tell you that we’re not going to have an Android watch. I don’t think we’ve nailed it with [the experience of] watches. Android watch is one thing but even Apple as a big brand is declining [in watches.] We are not going to have a watch in the short term.
In line with a nearly identical leak from October of last year, another Weibo user has leaked more detailed photos of an HTC-Under Armour developed smartwatch shown to be running Android Wear. HTC has been expected to release an Android Wear device for more than two years, with initial rumors being picked up as early as mid-2014.
With Android Wear 2.0 potentially launching as soon as early February, leaks demoing Android Wear running on HTC hardware could suggest that 2017 may at last be the year that HTC decides to release its first smartwatch.
Then again, it is entirely possible that the present trend of delays for their smartwatch will continue, a plausible eventuality given the fact that the device pictured is shown to be running Android Wear 1.x less than a month away from the potential release of Android 2.0.
HTC has been struggling for nearly three years to succeed in the mobile market, while simultaneously making some rather absurd and avoidable mistakes in its recent past, namely expensive and ineffective ad campaigns and several underwhelming, overpriced, and overhyped flagship releases. Given the history of HTC’s Project Halfbeak smartwatch, nearly three consecutive years of development to (maybe) release a single Android Wear device is likely not the winning strategy the company needs.
While Motorola has stated that it will not be introducing a new smartwatch for the release of Android Wear 2.0, ZTE, Huawei, LG, and Google all sport official or leaked evidence of plans to unveil one or two Android Wear devices each in 2017. If HTC does indeed plan on releasing their Halfbeak device this year, they will do so in the face of heavy competition.
Source: Weibo Via: AndroidPolice