Motorola has been busy with the new Moto Z and Moto M phones. There’s also the Moto Mods keeping the phone owners entertained. We haven’t heard much about the Moto smartwatch though but looks like we’ll be missing more of it as Lenovo-Motorola just confirmed that no new wearable device will be introduced for the new Android Wear 2.0. Honestly, we’ve been expecting this since the market saw a 52% decline last quarter. We know it won’t increase anytime soon so we’re assuming most OEMs would be wiser this time.
Motorola Moto’s Global Product Development Head Shakil Barkat said “Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year”. There is no point to release a new smartwatch this time. This could mean a new Moto may not be part of the device lineup for next year.
Perhaps Motorola has realized that they also didn’t do well in this category. The Moto 360 looks nice and all but they weren’t able to remove the flat line (Seriously, what’s up with that?) Design-wise, the Moto wearables look impressive. They’re okay but Motorola has too many rivals in this game selling at lower prices or with more features.
Even Google is slowing down. Release of the Android Wear 2.0 version has been delayed to next year against the original launch this fall. We’re not sure if and when Motorola will still go back to the smartwatch game. We’re hoping this is only temporary but we won’t be surprised if the company decides not to.
VIA: The Verge