Is a new Moto smartwatch imminent? Not at this point, no. It would seem time has run out for Motorola’s Android Wear push.
Speaking to The Verge, the Lenovo-owned company has confirmed it won’t be launching a Moto smartwatch to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2, which has been sidelined until early 2017. Motorola apparently doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time.” It added that “wearables do not have a broad enough appeal” for it to build on the category year after year.
Android Wear is Google’s operating system for wrist-worn tech, and it powers plenty of smartwatches already on the market. But while it has enjoyed strong support from hardware makers at launch, Android Wear has hit a wall this year, with some companies admitting that they don’t have immediate plans for the platform. LG and Huawei, once two of Google’s strongest allies in the wearable industry, won’t update their lines anytime soon.
Samsung seems to be the only one capable of making a smartwatch that ticks the right boxes, and its most impressive timepiece yet, the Gear S3, doesn’t even run Android Wear, opting for Samsung’s homebrewed software.
Notwithstanding the Moto 360 Sport — which is essentially a sportier version of the current Moto 360 — Motorola’s last smartwatch update came the year before; it succeeded the original Moto 360 released in 2014. Both launched to positive reviews and promising sales. But alas, time stands still for the future of Moto’s wearable division.
It’s unclear whether we’ve seen the last Moto smartwatch — it’s not like the company is shuttering operations altogether — but the decision for hiatus suggests that Android Wear’s future may not be as rosy as initially painted. The pressure is on Google to prove otherwise.
Source: The Verge