HTC are, for many reasons, one of the more interesting Android device manufacturers. HTC have been involved with Android right from the very start and have manufactured some iconic devices over the years including the first commercial Android smartphone, the HTC Dream (known as the T-Mobile G1 in some markets), the HTC Desire, and then in 2013, the HTC One (now known as the HTC One M7). They have manufactured two Nexus devices, the original Nexus One (a close cousin of the HTC Desire) and the HTC Nexus 9, the current Nexus tablet. HTC’s current Android device smartphone lineup consists of the Desire and One brands, with the Desire used for lower to upper mid-range smartphones and the One used for mid-range and higher devices. We’ve also seen HTC branching out into camera technology, virtual reality but so far, not into wearable devices.
When it comes to wearables, many people expected HTC to release an Android Wear device at the end of 2014 or early in 2015. At the time, there were rumors that HTC were working on such a product but decided not to continue development. There are many theories as to why HTC did not pursue their own smartwatch design, including that the market was not as large as perhaps they were hoping for, that Apple were releasing their own Watch, or that perhaps their early prototype models were not up to their exacting design standard. Simply put, perhaps HTC were unable to add anything material to the Android Wear smartwatches that were being built and sold by LG, Samsung and Motorola. For whatever reason, HTC have not released a wearable device but @evleaks, the well known leak tipster, HTC is working on a “One watch,” and it will be released early in 2016. In February to be exact, although we do not have the details as to the markets, availability, colors or costs that the One Watch may be introduced at. We do know that the Mobile World Congress 2016 is between the 22 and 25 February, so perhaps HTC are planning on officially announcing the device around this time. We have also seen a rumor that HTC are working on a wearable device under the project name “Halfbeak,” and that it may have a round watch face. We don’t have any additional information about the specification of the device.
If indeed HTC deliberately held off releasing a smartwatch because they were unable to bring anything new to the table, it will be interesting to see what any HTC Watch introduces. We’ve seen HTC use different operating systems in the past, such as Brew and Windows Phone, so perhaps one reason for the delay is because HTC have designed or repurposed a different operating system to Android Wear? Or perhaps the HTC Watch will introduce a new feature that other manufacturers have yet to implement or master? February is a stretch away.