HTC’s Android Wear smartwatch has been spotted in a promotional video published by the company itself.
The one-minute video, which shows footage of HTC’s design studio, including shots of computer screens, handsets and sketches, briefly shows what looks like a smartwatch with a square screen sitting next to an employee’s computer.
In another shot, what looks like a computer-made 3D render of a smartwatch is clearly visible on the screen. Rather than ‘leaks,’ these are in all likelihood deliberate teasers by the company, designed to drum up interest in its first wearable.
The video arrives just days after notorious and often reliable gadget leaker Evan Blass published a photo of an HTC smartwatch on his EvLeaks website, with a metal strap, square screen and what looks like Android Wear, but with a user interface designed to mimic that of HTC’s smartphones. Blass has modified the image to include a spoof text message to him from HTC boss Peter Chou.
LG and Samsung already sell Android Wear smartwatches, and they will be joined by the Motorola Moto 360 and its uniquely round screen later this year. Apple is expected to join the party with a device dubbed iWatch before the end of 2014, although this is yet to leak.
HTC could be gearing up to announce the smartwatch at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, which kicks off on 3 September.