Motorola: ‘Smartwatches are ugly’


Manufacturer also confirms brand will stay following Lenovo purchase and handsets will remain on Android OS

Motorola plans to launch a smartwatch in 2014 and says it will launch one that consumers will actually want to wear.

“There are no wearable products you actually want to wear, it’s because they’re all ugly,” said Rick Osterloh, senior vice president, product at the manufacturer’s event at Mobile World Congress (pictured far right). He said the company will address that with a launch of its own in the coming year.

While no handset was launched at the event, Motorola used it to confirm that the Moto Maker will be released in Europe later this year. It also said the popular US range, the  Moto G was the best selling phone in its history.

It also said the Motorola brand would remain following its £1.7 billion acquisition by Lenovo from Google. There was no criticism of Google from the executives who said that the technology giant ‘wanted Motorola to succeed’.

On Android, the firm said it will continue to focus on the platform, appearing to rule out any prospect of an switch to Windows.