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New report claims HTC Android Wear watch is still coming after all

Despite a recent rumor claiming that HTC had axed its watch plans, a new report claims its first Android Wear device is coming and will arrive to stores in early 2015.
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September 11, 2014

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The Apple Watch has been announced, there’s plenty of Android Wear competition, there’s the Pebble, there’s the Gear line — it’s all too much and so last week we learned HTC had reportedly canned its plans to enter the smartwatch game feeling it couldn’t keep up with its competitors. Except, apparently, this report might not be so accurate after all.

Yet another report has surfaced citing “people familiar with the matter”, this time coming to us from CNET. Considering both reports are unofficial, it’s hard to say which is correct. If HTC is working on a watch and this latest rumor is right, however, we won’t see it until shipped until early 2015 — likely around the same time as the Apple Watch’s commercial launch.

LG G Watch and G Watch R represent some of the competition HTC will face.
LG G Watch and G Watch R represent some of the competition HTC will face.

Supposedly HTC’s first watch will aim to stand out from the crowd, likely including its own apps and watchfaces to help set it apart from other Android Wear devices. Keep in mind that HTC won’t be able to actually alter the UI, though, as Google doesn’t allow this level of customization with its watch platform. Not suprisingly, HTC declined to comment on this report and so speculation is advised. That said, we wouldn’t be that surprised if HTC eventually brings us a Wear device, but the question is when. And no, sources state that we wouldn’t see a watch unveiling at HTC’s upcoming October 8th event.

What do you think, excited to see what HTC might bring to the table, if they are indeed still working on an Android Wear device? Hope for a square or circular design? Perhaps design is less important and you’d rather see a AW device with over a day’s battery life?