Motorola Mobility says a follow-up to the Moto X is coming sometime in the "late summer." The company remains tight-lipped about any other details regarding the Moto X 2, other than alluding to a mid-level price point -- since it says high-end handsets priced at "$600" are a thing of the past.
On Monday, during a question-and-answer session on Twitter, the company also said it will stick with the Android operating system, and continue to innovate following its split from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). The Q&A followed a press conference at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) on Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain.
Motorola also said it had no plans for luxury versions of mid-price phones like the Moto X. “Great smart phones should be available to everyone & days of $600 phones are limited,” it said in a tweet.
The manufacturer says it is not losing money on sales of the Moto G, and does not currently have plans to offer the low-price device in China -- nor its flagship Moto X. But Motorola says that its new owner Lenovo offers a “great opportunity” for it to do so in the future.
Twitter users asked about changes being made under Lenovo and the future of the company, as well as when Motorola would launch its devices and Moto Maker customization service in more markets overseas.
Q: Motorola was "old and slow" to fast and nimble with Google. Now what? #MotoMWC
— Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) February 25, 2014
“Our brand stands for value, solving problems and choice, and we’ll continue to build and innovate and provide great experiences,” Motorola said. It offered little news on exactly when it would launch the Moto X customizing service, known as Moto Maker, in England and Europe, but said it planned to do so.
Motorola also announced at a press conference during MWC that it was working on a smartwatch. Motorola previously launched the MotoActv in 2012, a fitness-focused device that it discontinued last year due to poor sales. Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of product for Motorola, said the problem with smartwatches currently on the market is that no one wants to wear them. Motorola’s foray into smartwatches will be more stylish and “solve some real user problems,” he said at the event.
Rick - We are working on a watch that will be available this year. We aim to address consumer issues like style & battery life #MotoMWC
â€” Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) February 25, 2014
Update: Motorola Prototype Smartwatch Leaks
Smartphone blog AndroidPolice has published photos that it says shows an early Motorola prototype for a smartwatch which it says was a Nexus product code-named the Gem the company was working on last year. The report says that it was officially going by the moniker "Google Watch" and likely scrapped in favor of a model being manufactured by LG Electronics, maker of the Nexus 4 and last year's Nexus 5.
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