Motorola thinks wearables should look like jewelery

Mobile World Congress

We're having a friendly press dinner with Motorola at Mobile World Congress, and Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of product management, has been talking about wearables.

Osterloh says that he thinks the current crop of wearable devices are all "extremely ugly" and aren't anything you'd actually want to wear. Wearables should be treated like a item of jewelery and look good on your wrist, or wherever else you're wearing them. He also made sure to mention that they won't be running Tizen.

Without a lot of details, Motorola says they will be releasing multiple wearable devices in 2014. Things should be ready for a full announcement in a "few months," and it sounds like Lenovo would be on-board with the idea should their buyout of Motorola happen as planned.

Wearable computing is coming, whether we're ready for it or not. One thing that would help folks get on-board is devices that look good. We think motorola may be on to something here if they can pull it off.


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Motorola bringing multiple wearables, including a new watch, in a few months


Absolutely right. Watches are fashion accessories, anything that wants to replace them needs to look at least as good.

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IT'S OVER 9000!!!

(I'm sorry, I just had to.)

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New Moto X is already announced to be coming late summer. They also said it's coming to Moto Maker in Western Europe and Mexico too.

Moto X is also being planned to release in India and Australia.

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The Pebble Steel is actually pretty nice looking. Other than that, yeah they're all fugly. I'm looking forward to what Motonovo can put together

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I actually really like how the Gear Fit looks, but once I heard it was completely locked down with no API access, it became a pass.

How do you think it will feel on your wrist? Look at the way the display goes and then hold your arm up as if you're looking at the display. It's not set like a traditional watch, rather its "sideways" so to speak.

You are the only other person I've come across well had pointed this out! I just don't understand it.

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They designed it to be looked at "female watch" style with the face on the underside of the wrist.

Some of Motorola's ideas are very unique -- like their police vest. Since it transmits blood pressure and pulse, I can see a version for people with heart conditions being a life saver.

Based on my experience with my Moto X, I feel that Motorola could create a really fantastic smartwatch. I'm excited to see what's coming from them.

+9000 I see Motorola doing great things, under Lenovo's leadership.

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To this day I still use my MotoActv. Best fitness tracker IMO. I can't wait to see what they come out with

So excited! I love my Moto X and can't wait for an X2 announcement with a stylish watch on my wrist! Beauty.

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Motorola is one of the few companies that ACTUALLY GETS IT and understands what people want. Yes, apple does too.

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I couldn't agree more. Smartwatches just don't look good on my wrist, and treating them like jewelry seems like a step in the right direction. Personally, I'd like to own one of those smartbracelets that look like a silver bangle. Unfortunately, they aren't Android compatible.

I think, Motorola, Apple, and Google will get the design of the smartwatch down this year.

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I'm thinking the same thing. My Pebble Steel is still on order, but we'll see if it ends up on eBay depending on what these companies release. Or heck, maybe different smartwatches for different days or activities. That's how many watch enthusiasts roll anyway.

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Yeah, I'll probably have a "fit" watch and a casual watch.

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I'm excited for Google's new OS. Android is practically already suited for any screen size so hopefully the SDK is very similar. I wonder if moto will use it... We're going to have massive smartwatch OS fragmentation!

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What is really going to be interesting is a year or 18 months from the sale closing.

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