Motorola gives up on smartwatches, for now

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Motorola’s Moto 360 was the first Android Wear smartwatch with a circular design — a trait later taken up by most Android smartwatches — pushing the company to the forefront of the wearables market. However, it now appears we won’t see a new smartwatch under the Moto brand anytime soon. 

Lenovo, the parent company of Motorola, told The Verge that it’s not planning to release a Moto smartwatch in time for the next major version of Google’s smartwatch platform, Android Wear 2. 

According to Shakil Barkat, head of global product development at Moto, the company doesn’t “see enough pull in the market” to launch a new smartwatch. He did leave open the possibility of a Moto smartwatch at a later date, saying that customers might eventually start valuing gadgets on their wrists more than they do today.  Read more…

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