HTC's smartwatch plan confusion, Huawei confirms Android Wear smartwatch for 2015
While many big tech players had numerous launches at the IFA 2014 tech show that got over last week, Taiwan based HTC did not have much to announce. The vendor took the wraps off its Desire 820 smartphone, but the long rumored Android Wear based wearable was not seen. As the IFA could have been the platform for the release of the smartwatch, it appears like HTC will not be launching it anytime soon.
According to Pocket-lint's unnamed sources, the firm has decided to cancel its plans of releasing a smartwatch as it predicts lack of demand for such devices. However, the main players are entering the smartwatch space in the recent times.
Whereas, CNET is reporting that HTC is still working on a smartwatch and the same will be announced early next year. "HTC is working on a smartwatch that aims to stand out from the crowd. That includes elements of design, which is what the company is known for, as well as features that consumers will more immediately gravitate toward, those familiar with the plans said," notes CNET.
Another vendor who has joined the Android Wear based smartwatch bandwagon is none other than Huawei. The Chinese vendor is in the headlines for revealing that it will be launching its Android Wear powered wearable in the next year.
According to Engadget, Richard Yu, Huawei CEO has confirmed that the firm will be introducing a smartwatch in 2015. It has been assured that the Huawei smartwatch will be innovative and beautiful. The executive has taken on the Samsung Gear S claiming that their smartwatch will be more beautiful than the Samsung offering.
It has to be noted that Huawei is not new to the wearable segment as the manufacturer launched the TalkBand B1 fitness focused smartband earlier this year.