HTC has big plans for Mobile World Congress [MWC] 2014 as it prepares to unveil the first of three new wearable devices that includes a Qualcomm Toq-inspired smartwatch, a Google Now smartwatch and a smart wristband.
Bloomberg reports that a person with direct knowledge of HTC’s plans stated that a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq device will be “previewed to carriers” at MWC in Barcelona next week with no plans yet to unveil the device publicly. Its first stab at a smartwatch will include Qualcomm’s Mirasol display technology as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a music player.
The same source added that HTC is working on a watch that uses Google Now, can play music, and includes a range of applications with an AMOLED screen. It’s so far unclear whether it will show this off at the upcoming conference or hold off until a later date, if at all.
It is also reportedly working on a smart wristband that has a thin touch screen display, music player and can track activities being performed by the wearer, and it is not known whether any of the device will go into final production.
The signs so far are that HTC will have a busy few days at MWC 2014 as it looks to address the declines it has experienced in the ultra-competitive smartphone market.
Alongside the wearables it could decide to unveil the successor to the HTC One top of the range smartphone as well as a range of colourful HTC Desire models that it hopes will target the lower end of the market.
HTC’s overall plan is to release its first wearable device in December and issues with the battery and display have so far delayed it, according to chairman Cher Wang, and it has yet to publicly detail what products it will sell.
It is the latest to try and jump aboard the wearables bandwagon that is estimated to grow by upwards of 50 per cent per year between now and 2017 with shipments topping 64 million units by that date.