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Motorola teases smartwatch and Moto X successor, brings Moto Maker to Europe

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Motorola may be owned by Lenovo, but it still has some products up its sleeve. Today at a round table in Barcelona, three executives from Motorola confirmed that a Moto Smartwatch and a new Moto X are both coming later this year.

Beginning with the smartwatch, Motorola confirmed it is currently in development, though no planned release window was given. Motorola aims to “solve user problems, especially in style and design.” Motorola wants the smartwatch to resemble “more a piece of jewelry rather than ugly tech.”

When asked about whether its smartwatch will run on Android, company executives simply smiled. Well played, Motorola. They did confirm that it won’t run Tizen, with a laugh. (Tizen is the operating system Samsung chose for its Gear 2 watch.)

As for the Moto X, which we very much liked, we can expect to see a successor “sometime in the summer.” As it was with its smartwatch announcement, Motorola did not reveal much in the way of details, though if it ends up being the original Moto X with a more powerful chipset, we will be very happy campers.

This is all coupled with the announcement that Motorola’s Moto Maker, which allows consumers to customize their Moto X or Moto G handsets, will make its way to Europe in March. We can only assume that users will have as much control over how their Motorola smartwatches will look like as they do with the company’s Moto handsets.

It seems as if Motorola made these announcements with the intent of getting news out there. Lenovo will take over Motorola soon, but if everyone expects and is excited for these products, they may stay on the release schedule.

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