Motorola may have made its Moto E announcement a week before MWC even started but the company has promised we haven’t seen the last of the Motorola device announcements for this year. Speaking to Re/Code, Motorola president Rick Osterloh said that the company has more devices planned for later this year.
Osterloh’s comments came during a line of Lenovo-related questioning in which he confirmed that tablets and other devices will continue to be Lenovo’s territory as Motorola focuses on experimentation on devices for the wrist and the ear. Osterloh told Re/Code’s Ina Fried that the company does have smartwatches planned beyond the Moto 360 and that we’ll see more products from Motorola “in the later part of the year.”
Just looking at the last year of hardware from Motorola, this isn’t really surprising news. The Moto X 2014 debuted in September, at IFA Berlin, and the Moto 360 enjoyed six months of build up before its eventual September launch. Unlike Samsung and LG and others, Motorola is still on its first smartwatch. By the time the fall rolls around, it’ll be high time for another model (and Osterloh has said that the company is sticking with Android Wear, so no RTOS or Tizen switcheroo here).
However, we may also have something new to look forward to. Osterloh did say there’s a possibility we’ll see a new phone that sits between the Moto X and the Moto G. The Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E cover high-end, low-end, and entry-level. Whether or not the market has room for a middling device that straddles mid-range and high-end remains to be seen.