In an interview with Bloomberg recently, HTC seemed to confirm that a wearable device is coming sometime in 2014. While there wasn’t a direct quote stating its intentions, Bloomberg said the company confirmed both an update to its HTC One and “its first wearable” are due to hit the market in 2014 before the holiday shopping season. That suggests we have plenty of time to wait, but it also gives HTC time to work out kinks that have affected other wearables, such as smartwatches.
“Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables, but we believe that we really have to solve the battery and LCD light problems,” HTC chairman Cher Wang told Bloomberg. “These are customer-centric problems.” Wang’s statement suggests that HTC isn’t working on just any wearable, but a smartwatch. Devices like the Fitbit Force and Nike FuelBand don’t really have battery or LCD problems, whereas battery life has been a major pain point in smartwatches such as the Galaxy Gear. Pebble has so far done a fantastic job on the battery life front, but it uses an eInk display to help thwart those issues.
Wang didn’t provide any additional details on HTC’s first wearable. We suspect it will be more than just a fitness band; the market there is crowded, and HTC doesn’t seem to have a big focus on the health market. Instead, we’re expecting a Galaxy Gear-style competitor that hooks up with Android smartphones and provides data on incoming messages and calls, as well as media control functions. For now, we can look at artistic renditions of what such a device might look like, and we’ve included a few examples by Hasan Kaymak (created last October) at the top of this article.