You know what trend in mobile is easy to make fun of? Wearables, of course. Most smart watches almost make fun of themselves. At some point in the last few weeks, the marketing folks at HTC and Samsung apparently came to very similar conclusions about the best way to lampoon wearables – gloves. Samsung came up with the Samsung Fingers smart glove, but HTC has just pseudo-announced the HTC Gluuv. Same basic joke, different execution.


While the Samsung effort is hyper-futuristic, I give HTC credit for designing something deliciously retro. The Gluuv basically looks like a Nintendo Power Glove with an HTC One M8 in place of the gamepad (really, the design of the glove part is almost identical). It's all shiny and dopey looking, and there's a built-in 87.2MP camera for taking selfies armies. If that's not enough, you can buy a giant retro boombox called the BoomBass that's controlled by the Gluuv. The Gluuv also knows when you're giving a thumbs-up and can automatically like things on Facebook. Sweet.

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It probably says something about how closely the top mobile companies are tracking each other that something as trivial as an April Fools joke went in essentially the same direction. There's still a whole day of April Fools stuff tomorrow, so maybe one company or the other will have the self-awareness to poke fun at this coincidence in a meta way.

[Twitter, HTC Gluuv]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Better than Samsung's attempt.

    • Timothy Zhu

      Way better.

    • hot_spare

      I am sure it is.. Latest trend justified.

  • Rahul Srivastava


  • dagg

    Shouldn't these April fools happen on April 1st?

    Everything happened today

    • Brendan

      Time zones.

    • Brandon Miller

      It is April 1st in most places in the world right now.

    • Mado

      Hurr durr it isn't April 1st until it is April 1st in USA because it is the only country that matters hurr durr

      • spoodermain

        Usa usa usa

        • supremekizzle

          'Murica.... fuck yeah...

      • tdurden64111

        So brave. So innovative...

    • primalxconvoy


  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    ...is it weird that I actually want one?

    • abqnm

      I want the HTC BOOMBASS.

  • Nodnetni

    is there any chance that the small device on the hand is actually a new htc micro?

  • Jon

    So...Why do you bother in tagging it in advance as Aprils Fools? I mean, it obviously looks like it, but still would be better if it managed to kept people doubting for a few seconds.

    • primalxconvoy

      Because in parts of Asia, it's already the 1st of April and isn't a spoiler to people in that part of the world?

  • Jalok Xlem

    Google's April fools joke should be about the google glass virtual boy. Now wouldn't that be funny?

  • Jim Greco

    It's so bad.

    • Randy Strye

      beat me to it

  • Glenn Carton

    As jim carrey would say:

  • Matthew Fry

    I like that the mounted camera is just the M8 cut in half and the obviously Ikea-like names.

  • Cael

    Nintendo should sue.

  • Brad Drum

    It costs 15 cents, a nail and the shell of a great great great grandfather snail.