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HTC’s first wearable rumored to run RTOS, not Android Wear
@upleaks is at it again, this time with rumored details of HTC’s first wearable, codenamed PETRA. The wearable is expected to arrive pretty soon too, with a rumored launch period of Q1 2015.
According to the leak, PETRA will come with a 1.8-inch, 32×160 pixel PMOLED flexible display, low-power Cortex-M3 based STM32L151 processing package, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity and an IP57 rating for water and dust proofing. Although we don’t know about the battery size, it is said to be able to last 3 or more days on a single charge.
The rumor also contains some interesting information about the device’s software. Apparently, users can control an alarm, stopwatch, music playback, camera shutter, your calendar schedule and phone notifications from the wearable. It also supports sleep and sport analysis, and might also come packaged with a footpad to more accurately track your steps and exercise regime.
Perhaps the biggest detail in the rumor is that PETRA will be running HTC’s own RTOS operating system, rather than making use of Google’s Android Wear platform. The leak adds HTC to a growing list of wearable developers that are said to be diversifying away from Google’s wearable operating system. Furthermore, the PETRA will play nice with phones running Android 4.4 or later and Apple products running iOS 7.0 or later.
HTC’s wearable is pegged for a worldwide release sometime this quarter, with the USA rumored to be the first region on the rollout plan. Of course, these details aren’t confirmed, but there’s certainly plenty to mull over in the run up to HTC’s first wearable launch.