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The HTC One made another appearance before its official launch; this time with a complete spec sheet and sales guide. Jawbone added Android support for its UP24 wearable while Google is planning to release an Android SDK for wearable devices.

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The only thing we know officially about the new HTC One is that HTC will introduce it on March 25. Unofficially, we know just about everything else thanks to waves of leaked information. (About the only surprise we could have at this point is if HTC itself leaked the phone on its own blog.)

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Early in the week GSMArena found the full specs and a sales guide for the unannounced HTC One. The rundown of specifications confirms what we’ve heard prior: The phone will have a 5-inch, 1080p display, run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip with 2.3 GHz clock speed and have a 2600 mAh battery. HTC appears to be moving to a nano SIM with the new One and in a move that will make many Android fans happy, include a microSD card slot for memory expansion.

The sales guide suggests the new HTC One will take advantage of internal sensors more than its predecessor. For instance, placing the phone to your ear will automatically answer an incoming call. Swiping the display when the phone is asleep will wake the phone for access to apps and BlinkFeed. And double-tapping the display will show the time, weather and reminders.

Another device that relies heavily on sensors is the Jawbone UP24 health tracker. It’s great at what it does but ever since it debuted late last year, it only worked with Apple iOS devices. Jawbone finally added Android support this week, which lets the wearable device communicate with phones using Bluetooth 4.0 smart technology.

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While the Jawbone UP24 itself doesn’t run on Android, you can expect many other devices will; possibly later this year. Google SVP of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai said the company plans to launch a wearables SDK for Android within weeks.

Google is reportedly working with LG on a smartwatch of its own that could be shown off at June’s Google I/O developer event and it would surely run on Android. But a wearables SDK would make it easier for other hardware partners to build Android-based wearables with wide device compatibility. Why offer such an SDK? Samsung has already given one reason: The company’s new smartwatch and health tracker both run on Tizen, not Android, so Google gains no value or data from them.

  1. I never understood why HTC just doesn’t name it by it’s code the m8. That would be really nice and has militaristic vibe which would suit the phones making it even more bad ass in my opinion.

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    1. As you said, it sounds militaristic and would scare off potential buyers. :)

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