There is a possibility that HTC has abandoned the wearables market for the time being due to the increasing competition from Samsung, Motorola, and Sony, just to name a few. After two botched tablet releases in 2011, HTC left the tablet market, and is just now rumored to return. By not releasing a smartwatch, the company could be playing it safe and assessing the market further before jumping in.
The rumored smartwatch from HTC was said to be based off of the design of the Qualcomm Toq, featuring a Mirasol display that’s easily viewable in direct sunlight while saving battery in the process. Despite the initial intrigue of Qualcomm’s reference device, interest has shifted to Android Wear, so it wouldn’t be at all be surprising for HTC to shift focus as a result.
Let’s also not forget the ’leaked’ HTC Android Wear watch we saw back in July (it could have just as easily been the Toq-based watch).
If you’re looking forward to a HTC-made smartwatch, you may have to wait a little longer.