HTC: ‘we’re not going to have an Android watch’
While recent pictures of the HTC Halfbeak smartwatch have been circling the web recently, Chialin Chang, HTC’s President of Smartphones and Connected Devices has stated that the company isn’t planning to release an Android Wear smartwatch anytime soon.
I can tell you that we’re not going to have an Android watch. I don’t think 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 statement appears pretty straightforward, but there are a few things we’d like to highlight. The way the statement is worded leaves HTC some wiggle room, especially since the rumored HTC Halfbeak smartwatch has been spotted with Under Armour branding. By saying that “we’re not going to have an Android watch,” Chang is implying that there will not be an Android watch with HTC’s name on it. The fitness-oriented devices that HTC and Under Armour have put out so far have prominently features the HTC logo beside the Under Armour logo, but thee agreement between the two could easily change, removing HTC’s logo entirely from an HTC-built smartwatch.
It wouldn’t be any different than the Google Pixel phones which are built by HTC.
As of now, there’s no evidence that HTC and Under Armour are planning to take this approach, but it’s certainly a possibility.