The HTC smartwatch rumours continue to rumble and the latest murmurs point towards an Android Wear device, dubbed the HTC One Watch, going on sale in mid-April.
That’s the general gist taken from a tweet from Evan Blass, whose predictions in the past have been pretty impressive. He replied to a query about a new HTC smartphone by saying:
That follows a tweet the hot tipster sent in December:
HTC fans, you’ll finally have One watch to call your own come February.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 3, 2015
The rumour mill is also cooking up murmurs of an all-round display, as per the Huawei Watch, with a 360 x 360 resolution.
That’s all we know (or think we know) at this point. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard talk of a HTC smartwatch.
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Earlier this year it was reported that a device, codenamed PETRA, could be in the works – but that may well have ended up being the cancelled HTC Grip (which has since been reborn, sort of, as the Under Armour Band).
Despite reports back in September 2014 that HTC had canned its smartwatch project, various company spokespeople have been vocal on the subject and some juicy details have emerged.
In October 2014, HTC Americas head Jason Mackenzie said that the company was holding back with regards to wearables until it got things right on the design front.
The HTC boss confirmed it had planned a launch event for its wearable device before Christmas last year, before the decision was taken to put things on hold. “We had originally planned to have a wearable launch in this time frame,” he said. “It ended up just not being ready.”
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“We’ve seen a lot of general purpose wearables come to market,” Drew Bamford, who heads the HTC Creative Labs, said in late 2014. “There’s not a strong reason to wear one every day. When we come to market with our product we want to make sure the product has a strong point of view and there is a really compelling reason to strap it on your wrist.”
While a 2015 launch was expected it seems that HTC has taken longer to iron out the issues it has. We only hope that, if it does come to the Android Wear table, it turns up with a cutting-edge device fit for 2016 rather than a rehashed 2014 device.