An HTC smartwatch, codenamed Halfbeak, has leaked in photos, leading many to presume that this is an ongoing project that will be released at the company's ideal time. But despite the photo leaks, we've also seen announcements about delays, too - a sign that the smartwatch was a project that, in the short term, had been put on hold. First, the HTC smartwatch was said to be arriving early February 2016, then June 2016, and finally, delayed until Fall 2016 with no word on an actual announcement/launch date.
Well, if you were hoping on that HTC smartwatch, sit down. This news will be hard to take.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker and Android OEM confirmed in an interview this week with tbreak Media that it doesn't intend to release an HTC smartwatch at this time:
I can tell you that we're not going to have an Android watch. I don't think we've nailed it with 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.
HTC says in the interview that even Apple is declining in smartwatch sales, and that Apple's decline is enough insight for HTC to not enter the smartwatch arena. The company is heavily invested in its HTC Vive headset and VR experience, so the company's decision to stay away from smartwatches has more to do with profitability and the company's desire to churn a profit than anything else.
We had such high hopes for an HTC smartwatch, with our own words on how HTC could stand head and shoulders above its rivals in offering a price-conscious smartwatch with great design and tech specs.
At least for the "short-term," HTC says, it doesn't intend to offer smartwatches. This doesn't mean that HTC will never enter into the Android smartwatch sector. When it does, the Taiwanese OEM will turn the industry on its head.