HTC gained't ship the Grip in any case, however its health ambition lives on
Hey, keep in mind that time HTC constructed a health tracker (with a bit assist from Underneath Armor) and confirmed it off in Barcelona? The one which was initially slated for a Spring launch? Properly, we’re knee-deep in Summer time already, and the corporate simply confirmed to us that it not plans to ship the Grip we have already seen. As a spokesperson put it, the corporate “determined to align Grip with your complete product portfolio for well being and health launching later this yr” after “in depth put on testing and consumer suggestions.” In different phrases, the actual Grip we noticed in Spain will not hit the market, however one thing higher will.
We’re not precisely positive what else will flesh out HTC’s new health gadget line-up, however the timing of all this is a bit of curious. An HTC health band simply obtained its Bluetooth certification a couple of days in the past, and whereas many assumed it was the unique Grip, it simply could be a second-era wearable meant to select up the place the Grip left off. Both method, let’s take a quick second to pour one out for the forerunner. It takes a specific amount of guts (or madness) for a smartphone maker to take a stab at one thing to date-faraway from its wheelhouse, and the Grip — with its curvy P-OLED display and teensy inner GPS — appeared like a reasonably strong first try. Nonetheless, “strong” can solely take an organization up to now, and the competitors within the glorified pedometer market nowadays is completely brutal. Perhaps placing apart a freshman product so that a comply with-up might shine even brighter was the best transfer in any case.