Motorola has confirmed via a Twitter update that they are already developing a smartwatch which could be launched later in the year. Unfortunately, that’s all that the company has for now, leaving almost everything else up for guess. However, the company did make it clear that they won’t be compromising on style in their quest to launch a fully functional smartwatch.
“It’s our intention to deliver interesting wearable technology – we are developing a watch which will be coming out in the next year,” said Rick Osterloh, SVP Product Management at Motorola, during a press event at Mobile World Congress 2014.
“Our main focus is that we will start to solve a real user problem in that there are no wearable products you want to wear – all because they are all extremely ugly. So we want to solve the problem of making this a style item like jewelry or clothing.”
Another detail about the upcoming smartwatch is that it would be based on Android, which is hardly surprising considering the company’s product portfolio has been entirely focused on the Google OS.
“I can say we are 100% focused on Android. [The] market has spoken as to where the OS focus needs to be and we will continue with that strategy. As time possesses we will have conversation but I am very focused on Android,” further added Osterloh.
Motorola is no stranger to smartwatches, having launched a couple of these in the past. They were all Android based but were buggy, which proved to be their undoing. Now with smartwatch devices gaining ground, it was perhaps just a matter of time before Motorola updated their line.
[Shown above is the MotoActv which was initially launched as a fitness tracker but acquired smartwatch attributes via software updates. The device though has been discontinued in 2013.]