Alleged HTC Android Wear device render leaked with square watch face
Renowned leakster Evan Blass, or better known as @evleaks, has brought us the first leaked render of HTC’s rumoured Android Wear smartwatch. Being one of the hardware partners for Google’s OS specifically designed for wearables, the upcoming HTC smartwatch will join Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, the only other smartwatches available in the market running on Android Wear.
Although not officially confirmed, the artist’s reproduction of the smartwatch shows off a square watch face rather than the rumoured circle design similar to the Moto 360. Even though the rendition is not an official press render, @evleaks promised that the “hardware is 100 percent faithful reproduction” of the actual wearable in a follow up tweet.
If that was true, the Taiwanese OEM seems to be integrating the metal look and feel of its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone to its wearables, with a very classic looking watchband. Just going by the photo, the watchband seems easily replaceable just like any genuine watches.
However, the UI on the device will definitely not be real, since Google has locked down and banned customising UIs on Android Wear, and @evleaks clarified in a Tweet that he received the render with a blank screen and the display is used just for fun.
Besides the render, there are no words on the internals of the smartwatch. Of course, even the photo itself could be questionable, as HTC has made no announcement regarding such a device nor when we should expect them to. Holding off the release of its smartwatch could benefit the company in the long run though, as Android Wear is still currently a 1.0 product and improvements will definitely be needed. We will be sure to update you with information of specs and images when it becomes available.