October certainly will be HTC’s month. Tomorrow is their special ‘Double Exposure’ event which will see the launch of the REcamera and quite likely also the HTC Eye (selfie phone). On top of this there is always the upcoming Nexus 9 which is manufactured by HTC. Whether any details of the Nexus 9 will be provided tomorrow is uncertain. However, it is certain that HTC will not be launching a smartwatch nor do they have any immediate plans to do so.
Back in the summer (July/August time) we started hearing rumors that HTC were about to launch a smartwatch. This included renders which had been released, leaks from tipsters and also a video which it was claimed showed the upcoming HTC smartwatch in the background. However, along came IFA in September and it emerged HTC was declaring themselves out of the smartwatch race before it even began. If you were hoping the newest rumors (HTC not making a smartwatch) were untrue than unfortunately it is not the case. Jason Mackenzie, the head of HTC Americas confirmed to Re/code this week that an HTC watch certainly won’t be available until at least 2015. Mackenzie did confirm that they are still developing wearables but had no intention of releasing a device before next year. According to Mackenzie “We had originally planned to have a wearable launch in this time frame”. Further adding “It ended up just not being ready”. To add further confirmation to this Drew Bamford the head of the HTC Creative Labs Team was further quoted saying that the time is just not right at the moment. “We think the strategy we were working on will get us there, but we want to take our time and get it right”. Bamford was also noted commented on the state of the current wearables offered by HTC’s competitors “We honestly don’t think anyone has gotten it right.”
So there you go. Tomorrow is a big day for HTC and we will see a number of new and interesting devices being launched but you can be sure a smartwatch will not be on the agenda. Do you think HTC are right to postpone the release of their smartwatch or do you think they are missing the opportunity by letting other OEMs get their foot in the door first? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.