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HTC says it's not going to develop an Android smartwatch
HTC’s President of Smartphones and Connected Devices business, Chialin Chang, has confirmed that the company has no plans to produce an Android smartwatch. Chang made the claims in an interview with tech site Tbreak earlier today, stating:
“I can tell you that we’re not going to have an Android watch. I don’t thing [sic] we’ve nailed it with [the experience of] watches. Android watch is one thing but even Apple as a big brand is declining [in watches.] We are not going to have a watch in the short term.”
The claim would seemingly put an end to rumors of an upcoming HTCwearable, which was believed to be going under the codename HTC Halfbeak.
Though there’s no telling how long “the short term” will last for HTC, we can presume it’s until a major manufacturer starts to sell them in significant volumes.
The general demand for several hundred dollar, wrist-mounted, notification displays seems to be waning and some manufacturers are hesitant about releasing new hardware.
Google, however, appears unconcerned, as it plans to release two smartwatches this year (developed in partnership with another company, unlike the Pixel smartphones) which would help promote the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 platform.
Will Google show everyone else how to do smartwatches right? Give us your thoughts in the comments.