HTC schedules NYC event for August 19

The device maker provides few details on the event, but it may announce the anticipated Nexus 8 tablet or its own smartwatch.

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HTC on Wednesday announced it will host an event in New York next month, providing a hint that the handset maker could announce the anticipated Nexus 8 tablet or its own smartwatch.

HTC said the event is set for Tuesday, August 19, but provided few details otherwise. A representative for the company declined to say what would be announced at the get-together.

One potential product announcements could be Google's Nexus 8 tablet, which would be an HTC-built upgrade to the Nexus 7. Another may be a smartwatch called One Wear that the company has been rumored to be developing, with a planned launch in late August or early September.

"Google does not comment on rumor or speculation," Google said Wednesday.

There was some disappointment that the Nexus 8 was a no-show at the annual Google I/O developer conference in June. It's worth noting that Google-powered devices, like the Nexus tablet, are often announced at Google-hosted events.

The Nexus 8 is a highly anticipated upgrade to Google's Nexus 7 tablet, which was built by Asus and launched nearly two years ago. Citing a person familiar with the device, CNET reported last month that the Nexus 8 was never actually slated for an unveiling at Google I/O, but was still on its way to the market. The timing of an announcement, though, remains unclear.