Lenovo puts future Moto 360 smartwatch plans on hold

Motorola Moto 360 Sport

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 […]

Smartwatch shipments collapse in Q3 2016

Graph - Going down

All is not well for the global smartwatch market. Year-over-year shipment figures dipped for the first time in the second quarter of the year. Things did not improve in Q3 as International Data Corporation (IDC) reported yesterday that the market experienced a “round of growing pains” with another year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. Volumes dropped 51.6% from a total of 5.6 million […]

New Moto 360 smartwatches coming to IFA 2016?

Lenovo teaser for IFA 2016

Lenovo is getting ready to unveil a range of new products. Ahead of the launch, it today posted a teaser video for its 2016 Holiday Product Launch event. It is scheduled to take place on August 31st, just days ahead of IFA 2016. Join us August 31, as better reveals itself from the incremental to the incredible. From a new chapter in […]

IDC: Worldwide smartwatch shipments decline for first time

Graph - Going down

While analysts continue to predict a rosy future for wearables, the road there will not be without its bumps. International Data Corporation (IDC) today reported that the worldwide smartwatch shipments recorded their first ever year-over-year decline in the second quarter of the year. Data from its latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker indicates that shipments dropped 32% from 5.1 million units in Q2 2015 […]

New smartwatches coming with next ASUS and Lenovo press events?

Asus Zenvolution 2016

Both ASUS and Lenovo have announced upcoming press events. First up will be ASUS’ Zenvolution 3 which kicks off on May 30th as part of Computex 2016 with a livestreamed keynote. Lenovo will follow that up with its second annual Lenovo TechWorld event on June 9th which will also feature a livestreamed keynote event. Could one or both events feature new smartwatches? […]

Motorola President Rick Osterloh leaving Lenovo in leadership reorganization

Motorola - A Lenovo company

Lenovo yesterday announced a sweeping organizational and leadership restructuring effort affecting several business units. As part of the reorganization, it announced that Motorola President Rick Osterloh is leaving Lenovo. The company thanked him for “his steady leadership since Lenovo’s acquisition” and wished him “continued success in the future.” Recognizing that mobile markets in China and the rest of the world are very […]

The future of the Motorola brand

Motorola logo

We learned at the height of CES 2016 last week that Lenovo will phase out the Motorola brand. A new post on the Motorola brand provides more context for the decision. As we initially reported, Lenovo will focus its marketing on its Moto and Vibe (known as Le Meng in China) sub-brands for its smartphones. It’s not quite the end for the Motorola brand […]

Lenovo to phase out Motorola brand

Motorola - A Lenovo company

The last chapter in the famed and long-storied saga of the Motorola brand is about to be written. When Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014, it offered mobile devices under both the Lenovo and Motorola brands. It has now decided to retired the Motorola brand in favour of offering all devices under its own brand, Motorola Chief Operating […]