Motorola announces plans to launch a smartwatch later this year

Soon to be Lenovo-owned Motorola has plans to launch a smartwatch later this year, aiming to solve consumer headaches other wearables on the market have like battery life and style. 

The smartwatch, still unnamed and official design still a mystery, will solve "some real user problems" and will be a product customers will want to wear, Motorola Senior VP Rick Osterloh told attendees at its event at Mobile World Congress. He also made sure to note it won't be running the Tizen mobile operating system, like the new Gear 2, so we're left to assume it will be Android. 

Osterloh didn't reveal when it may ship or its pricing, but called it important for Motorola's future. 

Motorola has tried the smartwatch before with its ACTV band that tracked fitness and offered wireless syncing for notifications. Its battery life, not proper waterproof, and clunky design made it a hard sell.

Motorola is hoping it can get the design right a second time, as it looks to compete with a market that's become filled with several other device manufacturers, including competitor Samsung and soon to Apple and HTC. 

Read: Motorola MotoACTV review



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