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Aug
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HP is gearing up to unveil a smartwatch in cooperation with luxury goods discount site Gilt and awarded men's fashion designer Michael Bastian. The watch will work with both Android and iOS devices, and HP is in charge of heading up the software effort. That means, yes, that this watch will 100% definitely not run Android Wear, but could quite possibly be Android-based.

Fashionista seems to have been given advanced access to information about the watch, which will "[allow] the wearer to receive email and text message notifications, control music remotely and check weather, stocks and sports updates." The teaser image, below, does look pretty nice.

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It's not clear if the watch will actually have a circular screen, or if it will merely be a rectangular display (or some other shape) inside of a circular housing. The following sketch mockup by Michael Bastian seems to indicate the former, but who really knows what could end up being used in the final product.

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The watch, which does not have a name or a price point as of yet, will allegedly go on sale at Gilt this fall (likely exclusively for some time). The watch will be controlled via an app, supposedly, and it's actually not even clear if it will have a touchscreen at all. Given the apparent thickness of the display in these sketches, I'm not convinced it will, especially with those big, chunky buttons on the side. This may be a more passive, relatively simple device that's more watch than smart, but we'll have to wait and see.

Gilt, Fashionista via Engadget

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  • Cory S

    I personally think it looks pretty ugly. Just because it's round doesn't make it nice looking.

  • AaronGingrich

    JOKE'S ON YOU AP. I CLICKED ON THE LINK ANYWAY!

  • Anfronie

    Can't wait for the fire sale!

    • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

      Yeah! So I can pay for it using a drawing of a seven legged spider.

      • Anfronie

        Its been over two years any you are the first person to mention its reference :D

  • http://techdissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    I like it because it looks more like a watch and less like a wrist computer

    • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

      Actually, I believe that this is drawback for anyone that want a smartwatch.

      • someone755

        Why is that?
        Most people complain about how smartwatches are square, when in reality every one of them should be like the Moto 360.
        The function is the same no matter the form, so no apparent drawback...

  • Mayoo

    So HP still haven't learned to go back doing printers? Only.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      well AFAIK their chromebooks are pretty cool

      • Mayoo

        Good point.

      • someone755

        I for one think they should've continued the webOS thing.
        Ran it once on my N7 (since they since open-sourced it) and despite the crashes it seemed really good (dare I say better than Android?).

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          My hopes are that now LG can do something with WebOS - with the current mobile and big tech markets, the potential for that system is SO HUGE. Heck, they managed to put that thing onto TVs. That's something!

          • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

            That's sarcasm, right?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            No

          • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

            Lol!

    • Karol Klimczak

      TBH they don't even make good printers anymore

  • Chris

    This is the best android website known to man

  • briankariu

    Damn click bait! I clicked halfway through reading the title

  • Kevin B

    Based on how Gilt treats their Android app compared to their iOS app, this will be shit for 85% of the world.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    And the HP Touchpad did so well. What are they doing at HP?

    "Alright guys, there's already the Sony Smartwatch line, the pebble line, the Samsung line, the Google Wear line, nike line and soon to be Apple line of smart watches. What can we do... Let's add our proprietary line of smart watches! Let's saturate the market more! I know it didn't work for our Palm powered HP touchpad but this is it guys! This will be the one! People will be like, screw google. Let's get an HP watch. Rappers will be like: "Yo. Uh huh. Yeah, I got my Ho Powered watch. My HP watch." This will be worth our money. After the watch is installed we can then add HP drivers that are 184 megabytes to the watch, and another 1.5 gigs of bloat."

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      this is the best comment here

    • SuperMarkert

      Knowing HP, this watch has probably been in development for 7 years, and only now are they finally ready to pull the trigger. They'll tell their shareholders that "we just timed the market wrong." (pun intended)

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    It's a non-starter if it doesn't run on Android Wear.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    I'm 95% sure this is going to suck because HP is involved.

    • Arthur Dent

      That's guaranteed.

  • dsffsd
  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    >So you probably don't need to click this
    DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    Actually, I'm not sure if I NEED a Android watch, but certainly I WANT a Android watch!

  • Mark

    Why does a smart watch beed fo run android? Sony has been making great smart watches for years

    • XerBlade

      A whole lot of people would disagree with that second sentence. Just saying.

    • primalxconvoy

      What you've done there is confuse what you stated, with the complete opposite.

  • Arthur Dent

    HP is such a fail. Why do they even bother? This will land with a thud and never go anywhere.

  • Bakufreak

    "stylish" - LOL

  • Daniel Marcus

    If it runs WebOS and uses voice input for text entry, it might work. The original WebOS operated without an on-screen keyboard, was fairly light on resource use, and there are already quite a few apps that would just need to be updated to run on the watch.

    Hmmm.... Nope. HP isn't that smart.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      HP doesn't own webos anymore

  • Steve McClanahan

    Didn't they learn their lesson with the touchpad?

  • primalxconvoy

    HP were the only company to deny us customer service based on our location rather than our products' location. We bought an American product in America but now live outside America. The rep on the phone refused to help us.

    Last HP product I'll ever buy.

  • b0b

    Reading comments on AP is depressing.
    Bitching, bitching and even more bitching...
    Perpetual bitching and hating.
    And it's so predictable.

  • Aleksey_US

    DOA

  • MeanDroid

    The watch looking beautiful, but...
    After what "hp" did to "palm" and "WebOs",
    And specially to all of the customers that bought the devices (including me).
    😈 I vowed to never buying another hp product in my life again!

    😭 RIP palm!

    Crash and burn hp

  • LeeJS

    Headlines like this will keep me a loyal Android Police reader. The day you switch to the pathetic click bait style of "Here's why you won't be buying an HP watch any time soon" will be the day I go elsewhere. Kudos.

  • Aaron

    The title fail, lol

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