HTC smartwatch rumor flip-flop: still happening, but not this year?
Is HTC making a smartwatch or not? Just a couple weeks ago, the word on the rumor circuit was “yes, two of them, and launching soon,” but nearly as soon as IFA descended upon us we were hearing a very different tune, with claims that HTC may have abandoned its smartwatch aspirations entirely. Who’s right? Well, this week we’ve got yet another source weighing-in on the question, and one suggesting that the answer lies somewhere between those two extremes, with an HTC smartwatch still in the pipeline, but not due until early next year.
Besides offering that timetable, this new report provides few details about what to expect from HTC’s smartwatch effort, only talking about it in very general terms: things like how HTC wants to stand out from its wearables competition, both by giving the watch a really attention-grabbing design and loading it with attractive features. Like we said: not a lot to go on.
But the assertion that this smartwatch is still coming at all is the meat of the story, and great news to smartphone users who have found themselves really gravitating towards the company’s recent models. Between this and rumors that HTC could be behind the Nexus 9 tablet, it sounds like the company is finally starting to get comfortable with the idea of expanding beyond phones, something it’s struggled with in the past. Is this the start of an exciting new chapter in the HTC story? From the sound of things, we’ll be getting our answer within the next six moths.