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HTC fitness devices delayed... again
The HTC Grip was all the hype for fitness fans when it was revealed at Mobile World Congress 2015. Sadly, we were only able to grip to the idea of this device coming soon for so long. The estimated Spring release window came and went with no news, until HTC revealed the product was delayed until “later this year”.
We are quickly approaching the holiday season and continue to wonder whether we will have this nifty activity tracker under our Christmas trees. To everyone’s disappointment, it seems such will not be the case. The guys at Phandroid have reached out to HTC, only to discover their “ecosystem of devices” done in partnership with Under Armour will not be available until early 2016.
As we continue to develop the Connected Fitness platform and elevate our product offerings, Under Armour and HTChave decided to launch a fully integrated digital ecosystem of products early next year. This global launch will provide the tools needed to help athletes of all levels track, manage and improve their health and fitness. Our teams have done a remarkable job bringing these products to life and we’re excited to share them with the public soon. -HTC
Whether we will see the HTCGrip launching with this “ecosystem” of devices or not is still unknown. The Taiwanese manufacturer seems to have changed its plans since MWC and they haven’t made any mention of this specific activity tracker. It’s possible they have slashed it in exchange for whatever new products they are working on. I would be willing to bet they will at least release a similar one, though.
In the meantime, those who don’t want to wait until 2016 to get an activity tracker should probably start looking around for other options. After all, who’s to say there won’t be other delays? Let’s hope not!