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MWC: Motorola dreams of an attractive, non-Tizen smartwatch

Says Samsung's Gear smartwatches have no style
Wed Feb 26 2014, 12:37

BARCELONA: MOTOROLA HAS ANNOUNCED plans to release a wearable smartwatch that "people would actually like to wear" by year end, no doubt taking a dig at Samsung's Gear smartwatches.

Motorola product manager Rick Austenwell announced the plans during a press session at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Tuesday, promising that Motorola's smartwatch will be the prettiest ever made.

Motorola MWC keynote

"Advanced sensor technology means we can make devices we never could before. We've had a lot of experience with sensor development in the Moto X," Austenwell said.

"It's our intention to deliver some interesting wearables this year, and we're developing a watch to come out later this year. We're to solve some real user problems, the biggest of which is there are not wearables you actually want to wear. We're trying to solve the problem of style."

The comment comes as a clear swipe at Samsung, which unveiled its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Tizen smartwatches earlier at MWC.

Adding insult to injury, Austenwall told The INQUIRER that "the smartwatch won't be running on Tizen" when asked for further details about it.

Past this, details about the fabled Motorola smartwatch remain unknown, but given Motorola's track record with Droid and Razr devices, chances are it will be supermodel thin and come in a variety of colours.

During its press conference on Tuesday, the firm also confirmed it will be rolling out it's Moto Maker customisation scheme for the Motorola Moto X smartphone in Western Europe by the end of the second quarter.

Finally, Motorola also announced it is planning to release several new smartphones by the end of the year. Motorola declined requests for further details about its upcoming phones, but this news comes mere weeks after Lenovo bought the company from Google in a landmark $3bn deal, suggesting that they will be very different than previous Motorola handsets like the Moto G and Moto X. µ


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