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HTC hints it will release an Android smartwatch in 2014

Claims to have tackled battery life and LCD screen issues
Thu Feb 06 2014, 12:29
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TAIWANESE SMARTPHONE MAKER HTC has all but confirmed that it will enter the wearable gadgets market in 2014, no doubt in a bid to rival the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

During an interview with Bloomberg, HTC co-founder Cher Wang said that the firm, which recently has been struggling to compete in the smartphone market, has been exploring the idea of getting into the wearables market, in particular smartwatches.

Wang said, "Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables," adding that the firm has finally solved the issue of battery life that plagues other smartwatches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Wang added that LCD lighting for wearables is another problem HTC has tackled, suggesting that the still unannounced HTC smartwatch will feature a display with good outdoor visibility, which is a must-have feature for a wearable device.

It also seems that a sequel to the flagship HTC One smartphone is coming, likely the twin-sensor smartphone that leaked on Twitter earlier this week. According to speculation, this top-end device will feature the same design as the original HTC One, but will offer improvements in display, processor and camera specifications as well as likely arriving with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

With the HTC One sequel reportedly set to arrive next month, HTC said it is feeling optimistic about 2014 following disappointing sales last year.

HTC CFO and head of global sales Chang Chialin said to Bloomberg, "2013 wasn't a very good year for HTC.

"We have to admit [that] we took our eyes somewhat off the ball in making sure we have a robust portfolio in the mid- and affordable end, which we're fixing now." µ


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