HTC to announce three new smartwatches, one of which uses Google Now


HTC will demonstrate the first of three upcoming wearable products next week. The Taiwanese manufacturer will show a smartwatch prototype to carriers at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The source says the watch, which HTC has “no plans to show publicly” in Barcelona, will be based on Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch, and will use that company’s Mirasol display. The source also said the HTC watch will feature Bluetooth connectivity and a music player.

HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker struggling with sliding sales, plans to demonstrate the first of three wearable devices next week in Barcelona, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans. A smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM)’s Toq device will be previewed to carriers at the Mobile World Congress trade show, with no plans to unveil the device publicly, the person said, asking not to be identified because the details haven’t been released. HTC also is developing a watch using Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Now service and an electronic bracelet that plays music, though it may not demonstrate them, the person said.

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