Motorola made some great smartwatches that certainly helped Android Wear gain popularity. Unfortunately, that’s a closed chapter in Lenovo’s playbook for their devices in 2017, so don’t expect a new Moto 360 to help out Android Wear 2.0 next year.
Just to be clear, Lenovo isn’t the only company that’s not willing to stay on the Android Wear hype train until there’s definitely a profitable market for it, although Lenovo is the only company that seemingly canceled a ready-to-go smartwatch at the last minute. We were supposed to see a new Moto 360 at IFA, but that never came to light. Since then, 2016 has been a boring year for Android Wear.
According to Moto’s head of product development, wearables just aren’t high-interest devices that need annual refreshes. It’s hard to argue against him, either, since smartwatches have followed the footsteps of tablets; customers buy what they want, then hang onto the device for years and years until it stops working before upgrading again. They aren’t like phones with compelling new hardware to upgrade every year like we do with the latest Galaxy S or LG G device.
The good news is that Moto does understand that one day there might be a better opportunity to revisit the wearable market. This isn’t the Moto 360 getting abandoned completely, but instead put on hold until Google can prove that Android Wear 2.0 is going to create a profitable device category for OEMs. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but Lenovo isn’t going to be the guinea pig to find out.
source: The Verge