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It's not clear if any of the wearables will go to production yet

HTC has a new wearable device to show off next week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, but it isn't clear if it will be shown publicly. 

According to Bloomberg, HTC will present the smart watch to carriers at the trade show. The event will act as a preview of the device, with no set intentions of it going to production yet. Hence, it may be kept from the public for now. 

HTC's smart watch is based on Qualcomm's Toq device, with Qualcomm’s Mirasol display technology, Bluetooth connectivity and a music player. 

HTC has two other wearable devices in the works as well, but it's not clear if they'll be part of the preview in Barcelona next week. 

One of these devices will be based on Google’s Now set of applications, and may feature an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen. The other is a smart wristband that has a thin touch-screen display, music player and an activity-tracker. 


[SOURCE: The Unlockr]

While it's not clear which (if any) of the wearables will go to production, it's a good sign that HTC is on top of the next big trend in consumer electronics. Researcher IHS said wearables like smart watches, glasses and other products reached $10 billion in sales last year, and could triple that figure by 2018. 
 
HTC could certainly use the boost, as it saw its global market share fall to just 2 percent in 2013. It also reported its second straight quarter of operating losses last month. 
 
But HTC is making other turnaround efforts as well, besides new products like wearables. Earlier this month, HTC said it would offer more mid-tier and affordable smartphones as a way of filling in the gaps in its offerings. It added that it won't get into the "very, very low-end market," but will release a new flagship this year. 
 
Aside from jumping into the mid-tier, HTC also said it needs more aggressive marketing this year than it did in the last.
 
HTC is also now offering one free screen replacement on select models within the first six months of ownership. It's part of the HTC Advantage initiative, which aims for better customer service features. 
 
There's a few conditions, though: the HTC model must be bought starting today, and the only eligible models are the HTC One, One mini, and One max. But the replacement service is free.

Source: Bloomberg



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problem is not so safe for cars
By KOOLTIME on 2/20/2014 3:51:03 PM , Rating: 2

Need people to focus on the road not all these gadgets that force eye aversion from it.

Even the new LCD consoles new cars are coming out with are bad idea.

Problem with em, is need to read them to select touch screen options, meaning during driving meaning another person not looking at the road reading some other screen.

Most complain they want it, just hope its you or your family that dies in a crash someone gets killed for using em in a car, not watching the road.

Then see how much these wanted items are when bad happens to you finally not all the innocent victims of it that die every year.




By someguy123 on 2/21/2014 7:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see how that's any different from a regular front panel. Most cars (all?) with touch screens have buttons on the wheel for changing the radio station, picking up a call, and volume without looking. The screen is just an extra luxury. The latest lexus models have monitors up on the dash for easier viewing.


RE: problem is not so safe for cars
By Murloc on 2/21/2014 8:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
there are buttons on the steering wheel to do the stuff you need to do without having to look at the screen.


RE: problem is not so safe for cars
By retrospooty on 2/21/2014 8:35:42 AM , Rating: 2
Its not any different now. 20 years ago you could just as easily be fiddling with the radio while eating a cheeseburger trying to remove the onions... Drivers need to drive safely, regardless of the tools they have available in the car.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/2014 9:30:20 AM , Rating: 2
Anytime anyone puts anything in a car, the first post here is some nanny bed-wetter screaming about distractions and how we should all not be able to use any technology in a car.

It's...beyond tired. The Luddites who frequent this place...


New SmartQ Watch Also a Best Buy
By GAnderCA on 2/20/2014 4:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
Another new Smartwatch worth reviewing launched last week – the new SMARTQ Z-WATCH ($155) that offers specs and features that compare to the upcoming Galaxy 2 watch at nearly half the price -- one of the first sources to offer the SmartQ Z-Watch is -- TABLETMAXX - which has complete product details of this new device.




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