HTC Grip wearable delayed until 2016

HTC has delayed its forthcoming Grip wearable yet again, so it won’t hit shops until 2016.

The Taiwanese manufacturer announced the fitness-focused HTC Grip wearable back at the beginning of March, and it was initially scheduled for a Spring 2015 rollout.

Then, back in July, it was revealed that the HTC Grip had been delayed until later in the year. Now it’s been delayed once again.

Phandroid has reached out to HTC to find out what’s happening with the Grip, which is being co-developed with sports clothing brand Under Armour.

“As we continue to develop the Connected Fitness platform and elevate our product offerings, Under Armour and HTC have decided to launch a fully integrated digital ecosystem of products early next year,” replied HTC.

There’s no specific mention of the Grip here, but mention of multiple “projects” might hint at additional devices in the pipeline. Will the HTC Grip be part of an extended family of wearables? Could one of those be more of a traditional smartwatch?

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That’s highly speculative, of course, but we would have thought that something major is going on. After all, why else would an ostensibly simple fitness wearable need to be delayed by six months to a year?

When the HTC Grip made its initial showing back at MWC in March, it looked like a classic fitness tracker with a long, curved Plastic AMOLED display, GPS, and gyroscope facilities.

It’s since been suggested that the Grip may have been modified and improved in line with user feedback, and to fall in line with this new portfolio of fitness products.

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