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HTC rumoured to have scrapped smartwatch plans

HTC may have scrapped its Android Wear smartwatch plans, according to a new report.

Although HTC was named as one of Google’s original Android Wear partners, it seems that HTC might have abandoned its launch plans.

According to sources “familiar with the matter” talking to Pocket-Lint, HTC has abandoned its plans to launch a consumer smartwatch.

The source didn’t confirm when or why HTC made the decision, so we’re left to speculate whether the increasingly jam packed wearable market had a part to play.

Others believe it is to do with the lack of unique selling points for the forthcoming HTC smartwatch.

It was believed to be a revamp of the Qualcomm Toq, an e-ink smartwatch released earlier this year.

Qualcomm released the Toq as an attempt to show off how its coloured e-ink Mirasol technology functioned for developers.

However, it was quickly outshone by Google’s Android Wear army, which began with the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.

If HTC was to bring out a smartwatch it would certainly have a lot of competition. The new LG G Watch R is tipped to arrive next month, along with the other round faced smartwatch the Motorola Moto 360.

Sony unleashed a fresh batch of wearables at IFA too, including the Sony SmartWatch 3 and there was also the Asus ZenWatch launched at the Berlin event too.

Of course, with Apple’s incoming iPhone 6 event supposedly bringing with it the long-rumoured iWatch, HTC might just be feeling that it can’t quite compete yet.

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