An upcoming HTC smartwatch that features a camera and a version of Android operating system is rumored to be currently in the works. The device will directly compete against the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch, as well as join the growing number of smartwatches being released by various manufacturers.
A report from Bloomberg says that HTC has not finalized its plans for the wearable device. However, its date of release is already pegged to be sometime in the second half of next year.
HTC CEO Peter Chou, in an interview with the Financial Times, has also recently hinted about an upcoming wearable device that will supposedly attempt to push past the current level that smartwatches today occupy. Chou aims to surpass the kind of technology that smartwatches have today, which in his opinion, are gimmicky.
To refresh, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch which was launched just last month, sports a 1.63-inch display, a 1.9-megapixel camera, a tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and the ability to connect with mobile devices. Several critics slammed the device for having limited functions and a costly price tag.
With the new HTC smartwatch, HTC seeks to introduce more innovation into the mobile device market. This is especially important in light of the HTC’s problems with its declining market share. In the global market, HTC’s shares have plummeted by over 50 percent—a stark contrast to the position it once held as the top seller of smartphones in the United States. The HTC smartwatch could provide the boost that the company is aiming for to propel the aforementioned figures higher.
The HTC smartwatch, however, is not the only thing that the company is preparing in its bid to recapture, or even surpass, its previous success. The manufacturer is also developing a tablet that would be the first to be released since 2011’s Flyer. No details regarding the features of the tablet, however, have been revealed.