Just last week we heard one rumor that HTC was scrapping its plans for a smartwatch, but today a new report from CNET claims the Taiwanese company isn’t giving up on Android Wear just yet. According to the usual anonymous sources, HTC is gearing up to launch a wearable device early next year, when it will go head to head with the just-announced Apple Watch.
With entries from Samsung, LG, Motorola and others already flooding the market HTC will need to find a way stand out from the pack. According to CNET a big part of the company’s smartwatch strategy will hinge on design. If HTC puts as much effort into its first wearable device as it put into the HTC One and One (M8) it might just have a hit on its hands.
CNET also claims the HTC could try to modify Google’s software for its first smartwatch, running an “altered version of Android Wear” with “different elements and features.” We’re curious to see how the company might improve on Android Wear, but as far as we know Google’s isn’t letting any hardware makers modify its software so that part of the rumor sounds sketchy. It’s unclear how HTC will get around that limitation, though it could focus on adding special hardware features instead or offering unique apps.
Either way we wouldn’t get too excited about the HTC smartwatch just yet. Considering how many conflicting rumors we’ve heard about this device we’re still not really convinced it’s on the way.