HTC has confirmed it won’t be releasing a new smartwatch anytime soon, having shelved plans for its first wearable over the summer.
The device, which would have been hitting shelves around now, was ditched after it was deemed to fall outside HTC's quality control standards, according to one of the mobile-maker’s top executives.
“We had originally planned to have a wearable launch in this time frame. It ended up just not being ready,” Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s US chief told Re/code.
An in another clue as to what's been going on behind the scenes, the company’s Creative Labs boss Drew Bamford dismissed what he called the current raft of ‘general purpose wearables.
He said: “There’s not a strong reason to wear one every day.
"When we come to market with our product we want to make sure the product has a strong point of view and there is a really compelling reason to strap it on your wrist.”
HTC is holding a special launch event in New York today, October 8th, with a new flagship smartphone expected to be revealed. We've also been promised details about plans for a smartwatch that's set to land in early 2015.