When HTC introduced the HTC One M9 and the Vive VR headset, the company also unveiled the HTC Grip, the company’s first wearable device. Fitness trackers and smart watches are becoming fashionable pretty fast, and while it would have been nice for HTC to jump on the wagon early in (it’s debatable how early 2015 can actually be), it seems like that’s not happening. HTC is having a pretty bad year, with disastrous feedback about the HTC One M9. Excitement surrounding the Valve collaboration for the Vive VR headset is keeping fans of the company afloat, but with the news of the HTC Grip being cancelled, there aren’t many things to look forward to from this company.
Fans are angry because while the One M9 is a good smartphone, the Asia-exclusive HTC One M9 Plus is better. Although people seemed to be very interested in the minimalist HTC Grip fitness tracker, it looks like HTC can’t put out, at least not anytime soon. The company is going to focus on other things, like improving their smartphone line-up and promoting the Vive and virtual reality, but that’s probably not the reason why the HTC Grip is no longer a possibility.
The HTC Grip release date is long overdue, as it should have been launched in Spring. But it seems like anticipation, hype and the potential for orders was not enough to go forth with shipping of the device. Whether that’s the reason for cancelling the HTC Grip or not is unclear. In a statement for Engadget, a spokesperson for the company said that the HTC Grip would be “realigned” with the rest of the health products that the company is going to launch later this year.
HTC has been teasing heart rate monitors, sleep monitors and various other medical- and health-related devices and wearables, and it seems like the company decided against the individual launch of the HTC Grip in order to create a more comprehensive health platform when the time comes. But we don’t know when that time will be right now. All we know is that HTC is prepping something in the wearable department and it should be awesome.