Lenovo Moto does not think that the smartwatch market is large enough to throw more money into. The company confirmed that it will not be launching a new wearable to go along with the impending Android Wear 2.0 release, and doesn’t know when it will return to the idea.
Head of global product development at Moto, Shakil Barkat, doesn’t see a large enough market for smartwatches. Despite this, he has not ruled out the possibility of Moto returning at some point in the future; he just doesn’t know when that point will be.
At the moment, the only plans Moto has for its line of smartwatches is the Android Wear 2.0 update for last year’s Moto 360. Sadly, the original Moto 360 from 2014 will not be receiving the update.
The Moto Z line appears to have much better fortunes than its wearable brethren, as Moto has announced a pair of new Mods for the range of phones. Neither of these are particularly exciting or innovative, but they show that Moto is still sold on the idea of modular customisable cases.
Up first is the Mophie Juice Pack, which is just another spare battery case. This one weighs in with a 3000mAh battery, and promises to provide an additional 60-percent more battery life. Of course, there is already a Moto Mod battery pack and it looks like Moto is just fine with doubling up on features.
The other mod is the Incipio Car Dock. It clips on to a air conditioning vent, and allows the phone to connect to the car audio system via 3.5mm jack. Android Auto will also be launched when the phone is docked.
The Mophie Juice Pack will retail for $79.99 (about RM357); while the Incipio Car Dock is priced at $64.99 (about RM260). We have no word on whether these will reach Malaysia in the new future, but we expect them to turn up eventually. Unlike any future Moto 360 watches.