Although nearly bled dry by recent smartphone flops, erstwhile mobile giant HTC has enough spunk left in it to try a few last-minute Hail Mary passes. Number one: the Nexus 9 tablet. Number two: a pair of additional Android slates, likely sporting 7 and 12-inch displays. And number three: a smartwatch.
The mandatory rookie wearable effort destined to rival the likes of Samsung’s Gear Live, LG’s G Watch, Motorola’s Moto 360 and, most of all, Apple’s iWatch, leaked out to the press a few days ago in a fairly suspicious photo render.
But now it’s questionable no more, as an official behind the scenes video look at HTC’s routine design process stars the unnamed intelligent wristwatch. Let’s stress out the clip was posted on the company’s very own YouTube account, and at around the 35-second mark, you can clearly make out a little square-shaped timepiece running a skinned Android version with HTC’s BlinkFeed launcher pre-loaded.
A few seconds later, an HTC designer is working hard on a 3D render of the gizmo, so there you have it. Innocent coincidence? Slip-up? Not a chance, since the video is a couple of weeks old, and someone obviously went the extra mile to bring it back to the limelight.
Sadly, aside from the overall aesthetics feel highly resembling the LG G Watch, and the obligatory on-board Android Wear OS copy, we really know nothing about HTC’s evasive first ever smartwatch. On the bright side, the Taiwanese want to strike while the iron is hot, so a commercial debut ahead of the holiday season seems like a must. Stay tuned.