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Here’s why you won’t see a new Moto smartwatch anytime soon

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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.

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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

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New leak reveals a much, much more expensive AirPods Pro

Costs as much as a midrange phone

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Recently, the rumor mill reignited discussions over an upcoming AirPods launch in the midrange segment. Supposedly, the mid-2020 device will sell for more than a pair of regular AirPods but less than a premium pair of AirPods Pro.

Surprisingly, the rumors are still going. This time, Target, the American superstore chain, has apparently readied its inventory system for an unannounced AirPods product, according to a leak from tech YouTuber Jon Prosser.

The product — named the Apple AirPods (X Generation) — will retail for a staggering US$ 399.99. For reference, the AirPods Pro sells for only $249.99. Given the heightened price, the AirPods (X Generation) is likely a pair of headphones worthy of the price, especially since the AirPods Pro is already the top-of-the-line product for earbuds.

According to a follow-up from Apple Insider, Target employees explained that reserving inventory slots for upcoming products, especially regarding pricing information. However, the official name will likely change on launch.

Additionally, Presser has also asked Apple for a potential launch date. According to another tweet, Apple is still undecided whether to hold an event in March.

Still, with a pair of wireless over-ear headphones, Apple will be ready to take on a market populated by its subsidiary brand Beats and competing brands like Bose, Sony, and JBL. We’re dreading the potential charging case, though.

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Samsung temporarily shuts down infected Galaxy Z Flip factory

Coronavirus strikes again

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The coronavirus epidemic is burning through the technology industry, leaving a trail of delays and shortages in its wake. So far, the virus has already torched Apple’s China-based manufacturers and the entire MWC 2020 event.

For the immediate future, the global epidemic can add Samsung to its list of victims. Previously, the South Korean company saved itself from the crisis, owing to its geographical roots. Unfortunately, if you turn into world news today, the virus has already made its way to South Korea.

In the city of Gumi, one of Samsung’s factory workers has contracted the disease, forcing the company to shut down the entire plant, according to a South Korean news outlet. The entire factory will open again on February 24. Additionally, the infected employee’s floor will remain shut down until February 25.

As for the workers themselves, Samsung has urged those who worked with the employee to put themselves in quarantine and undergo tests for potential infection. The company has also asked all employees to limit travel when possible, conducting business only through video calls.

Of course, Samsung has a tight hold on the South Korea business sector. The closure of just one factory probably won’t affect the company’s supply too much.

The affected Gumi factory specializes in Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip production. If anything, the temporary closure will only slow the foldable phone down partially. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Samsung, especially if the virus continues to spread across the country.

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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020

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Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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