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HTC’s Smartwatch Tipped To Go Official Early Next Year [REPORT]
Rumors keep on coming in surrounding the alleged launch of the HTC-made wearable device. Of course, the smartwatch rumor mill is abuzz with this, presumably because the folks over at HTC are in a denial mode for the longest time possible.
Apparently feeling the heat from the likes of Samsung and Apple, HTC may have an Android Wear-powered wearable device in works. There had been reports that HTC had almost scrapped its plans to launch a new smart watch.
Now, according to a new report, HTC is still working on a wearable device and plans to release it sometime in early 2015. It is learnt that the HTC-crafted watch will stand out in the crowd, though inside details have been negligible so far. Furthermore, the watch will be powered by Google's Android Wear platform.
Recently, HTC has sent out invitations to an event on Oct.8 in New York, where the company is expected to launch a new flagship device. But the company won't discuss anything related to its upcoming smart watch at an event scheduled on October 8.
So far, sales of smartwatches have been weak, given the acceptability of those devices among users. However, the activity trackers such as Fitbit and Samsung's Gear Fit are performing well in the market.
According to a Digitimes report based on numbers from ABI Research, the activity tracker is outselling the smartwatch. The ratio is four-to-one in the activity tracker's favor. 2.35 million Activity trackers were shipped in the first quarter of the year, which means smartwatches are way behind in sales.
Meanwhile, Apple Watch launches early next year, with a starting price of $349. Analysts believe that the Apple-made watch might potentially be a game changer. Other than Apple, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG and now Asus are betting big on Google's Android Wear platform designed for today's wearable devices.
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!