Motorola confirmed its plans to release a new smartwatch later this year during a panel discussion at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday. The news comes from senior vice president Rick Osterloh and follows rumors and patents suggesting the company was preparing to jump back into the wearable market after its last questionable attempt with the MotoACTV.
Osterloh didn’t reveal anything about the upcoming device beyond its existence. However, he did touch on a number of other topics during the Q&A panel from plans for expanding the Moto Maker around the world to whether Motorola would consider experimenting with another OS now that it’s not owned by Google. Short answer: they won’t.
Despite its upcoming change of ownership, Motorola revealed plans to launch the Moto X in both India and Australia in the near future. As for China, the company says it has no immediate plans to target the country, but added, “We think its a big opportunity, especially with Lenovo as our partner.” Finally, Osterloh hinted that the Moto X’s low price isn’t a fluke, adding that the “days of $600 phones” may be coming to an end.