Smartwatch update: HTC may have killed its plans, while Huawei looks to 2015
At this point, with so many IFA 2014 product launches out of the way, it’s starting to become very clear which devices we just aren’t going to see announced. Yes, rumors did an excellent job this year at predicting what we’d see debut, but not every thread has led somewhere fruitful. In the days leading up to the expo, we heard about HTC’s rumored smartwatch plans, with the company supposedly working on a pair of models that would arrive this month. So why hasn’t there been a peep about these at IFA? According to a new source, it’s because HTC has ended up getting cold feet, and has canceled its smartwatch effort.
This report describes a single HTC smartwatch, with hardware based on the Qualcomm Toq (above). That’s a rumor we’d heard before, going all the way back to MWC in February. Supposedly, HTC has now changed its mind about launching the wearable, putting its plans indefinitely on hold.
The thing is, that doesn’t really fit the recent narrative behind HTC smartwatch rumors – there’s no mention of that Fit-like model, nor anything about Android Wear, or a second model at all. And if we really were looking at a launch sometime this month, canceling the smartwatch after production already got underway doesn’t sound like it would make a lot of sense. That doesn’t make this new report necessarily wrong, but it sure doesn’t jibe well with other HTC smartwatch rumors, leaving us not sure which sources to trust.
So there’s a lot of uncertainty around HTC’s smartwatch plans right now; what about efforts from other manufacturers? We do have some news there, and this time it’s thankfully confirmed – no rumors here. Huawei’s CEO has announced his company’s intention to deliver an Android Wear model in 2015. That’s a pretty big launch window, and hardware details aren’t yet available, but rest assured that it’s coming.