HTC pushes back launch of fitness-focused wearable Grip until 2016 after second delay

HTC's wearable ambitions have been put on hold again. On Friday the smartphone maker, which is trying to branch out into new product categories, said that its Grip fitness wearable, which it is partnering with Under Armour on, will not be released this year as expected and will instead come out in early 2016. In July HTC pushed back the launch of the Grip until the second half of the year; the device was first announced in March. HTC is using Under Armour's fitness data platform to power the wearable, which is designed for high-performance athletes. 

"As we continue to develop the Connected Fitness platform and elevate our product offerings, Under Armour and HTC have decided to launch a fully integrated digital ecosystem of products early next year," the company in a statement, according to the blog  Phandroid. "This global launch will provide the tools needed to help athletes of all levels track, manage, and improve their health and fitness. Our teams have done a remarkable job bringing these products to life and we're excited to share them with the public soon." 

HTC, which last week introduced a new smartphone, the One A9, also delayed the widespread commercial launch of the Vive virtual reality headset until the first quarter of next year. Article