Just last year, we see that there were possible talks for HTC to release a wearable device in a video that was released by HTC themselves. Ever since then, rumors come and go about the existence of the smartwatch device. Rumors say HTC will release an Android Wear-powered wearables, whilst another rumor say the opposite. But one thing is certain, HTC is bringing the wearables game on. Now that it’s nearing the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is one of the biggest eventof the year, the rumor mill is turning faster this time round.
According to @upleaks, HTC’s first wearable, codenamed PETRA, will be revealed in the first quarter of 2015 – just in time for MWC! As from @upleaks, PETRA will bear a 1.8 inch, 32×160 PMOLED flexible display. The device will also have Bluetooth as well as GPS connectivity – allowing for the usage of Bluetooth headsets or other accessories, as well as navigation purposes. It is also deemed that it will be water-proof and dust-proof – which is pretty convenient, I say. There was nothing about the battery size, but rumors have it that it’ll be able to last about 3 days or so. It will come in 3 sizes – small, medium, or large,
As for the software of the device, it will have functions such as alarms, stopwatches, music playback, camera shutter abilities, calendar schedules, and notifications from phones. Not only that, it is rumored to be packed with sleep and sport analysis, and may also be packaged with a footpad to track your steps and exercise routines. Talk about all in one!
The most important rumor mill from @upleaks is this: PETRA will run on HTC’s own RTOS operating system. Meaning, they will not use Google’s Android Wear as a platform. The RTOS is said to include supports for the latest Android and iOS releases. This marks as another wearable device to diverse away from using Google’s Android Wear operating system!
With no details on the release date, we can only hope it will be released soon! Stay tuned with techENT for more detailed news and updates from MWC 2015!