HTC reportedly preparing Android Wear smartwatch with a round design, possible August release

May 30, 2014
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Although LG and Motorola are the only OEMs to have actually shown off their Android Wear hardware, we already knew several other companies were also planning their own early Google Wear efforts.

During Google’s March announcement of the platform, the search giant name-dropped Asus, Samsung and even HTC as other upcoming partners. Turning to the latter of these, a new report claims that HTC is preparing their very first watch under the name One Wear, with plans to launch the device in late August or early September. Word of the One Wear allegedly comes from people who “have access to the device”.

Unfortunately the report doesn’t offer any pics to back up the claim, though the watch is said to run the same Google Now-like Android Wear experience and will reportedly have a round design that’s somewhat similar to the Moto 360. As for the build material? Apparently the watch will come in both polycarbonate and metal flavors, with the latter likely being priced a bit higher.

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HTC's One Wear smarwatch will reportedly feature a round design and will have both polycarbonate and metal flavors

There’s no denying that Android Wear looks great and that the Google Now-like platform could be a game-changer for the market. The Moto 360 in particular has caught the attention of many techies out there, and if HTC can replicate the design while offering its own premium improvements — HTC could have a hit on their hands.

Now keep in mind that this is an unverified rumor, and so we’d take all of this with a grain of salt. That said, we know that HTC is working on something and it seems reasonable to think they’d go after the more premium rounded style for their first watch. What do you think, interested in the idea of a round HTC smartwatch? Can HTC bring the same attractive “premium” style to the smartwatch market that it has to Android phones?

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