It’s no secret that HTC is working on a wearable device. HTC’s Cher Wang shared that the company has been working on wearable technology for some time and will finally be ready to release its first product in time for the holiday shopping season later this year. A Bloomberg source “with direct knowledge of the plans” claims that HTC will be showing its smartwatch prototype to carriers at Mobile World Congress. This prototype is based on the Qualcomm Toq, which features a Mirasol display, several days of battery life, fitness tracking, push notifications and Bluetooth media controls.
But that’s not all. If Bloomberg’s source is correct, HTC is working a second smartwatch with Google Now integration as well as a music-centric bracelet.
If HTC plays its cards right, the company may soon have a wearable device portfolio which could give it a strong foothold into a market that is without a clear leader. Of course, HTC will have to contend with Samsung, Pebble, Sony and a dozen other tech companies for consumer mindshare, and there’s always the possibility that wearables will never really gain the traction that they need for these companies to make a profit.
Do you think HTC will deliver a compelling smartwatch which can compete directly with Samsung and Pebble’s devices?