Even though HTC was named an Android Wear partner when the platform launched in 2014, we’ve seen no wearables from the troubled Taiwanese manufacturer. That might change in 2016, with new rumors circulating about the HTC One Watch.
Reliable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) said on Twitter that HTC One fans will “finally have One watch to call your own come February.” It is the first piece of news about the One Watch since September, giving us some hope that the company hasn’t completely abandoned the project.
HTC fans, you'll finally have One watch to call your own come February.
The September leak from Phandroid claims the One Watch is codenamed “halfbreak,” after a type of fish. The fish-related name is similar to the codenames of previous Android Wear watches. The report says that the One Watch will come equipped with a circular display and 360 x 360 pixel resolution.
We don’t know much else about the One Watch at the present time.
Earlier comments suggest a well designed, energy efficient smartwatch
Last year, we heard plenty of rumors about the One Watch. CNET published an article citing insider sources, claiming the watch will launch in early 2015. That didn’t happen, even though HTC chairwoman (and now CEO) Cher Wang confirmed with CNET that it would be available before Christmas.
In the same report, we heard that the smartwatch would connect to phones through Bluetooth, that HTC would focus on battery efficiency, and that it would be “the best-looking” smartwatch on the market. We don’t know if the device Wang was referring to last year is the same one that is rumored today.
HTC has been on a rough fall down the food chain. Originally one of the top Android manufacturers, it now controls a tiny fraction of the overall sales. Recently, the company has downsized dramatically to remain in business, which could explain delays to the smartwatch. Even though the market is getting crowded, it seems as though HTC may finally be ready to bust out its first smartwatch.
We will continue to update this article with any new information on the One Watch.