Motorola yesterday confirmed that it will not launch new Moto 360 smartwatches to coincide with the arrival of Android Wear 2.0 in early 2017.
Lenovo, which acquired Motorola, was among a number of smartwatch manufacturers that announced this fall that they would not launch additional smartwatches this year. It now appears that we will not see any Moto smartwatches in 2017 either. Shakil Barkat, head of global product development at Moto, yesterday told The Verge that this pause will extend into next year as the company does not “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time.” He added that this decision extends to other wearables as well as they “do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year.”
Barkat did leave the door open to an eventual return to wearables. “We believe the wrist still has value and there will be a point where they provide value to consumers more than they do today,” he added in the statement.
The last generation of Moto 360 smarwatches was launched back in 2015. Lenovo will provide an upgrade for the 2015 Moto 360 to Android Wear 2.0 sometime next year but the first generation model will not be upgraded.
Source : The Verge