New Moto-branded smartwatches to arrive in 2021
The upcoming smartwatches are likely to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chipset and run on Google's Wear OS.
Back in 2020, a Canadian company called eBuyNow launched the Moto 360 smartwatch as a part of its agreement with Motorola. Now, word is that the same company is expanding its agreement and launching a bunch of new Moto-branded smartwatches later this year.
As per a report published investor presentation (via 9To5 Google), CE Brands Inc and eBuyNow eCommerce Ltd have entered into an amalgamation agreement, as a part of which CE Brands Inc will be assuming the operations and assets of eBuyNow eCommerce Ltd. The amalgamated company will launch a bunch of new products over the course of this year, a roadmap for which has been provided in the presentation.
This roadmap reveals that three new Moto-branded smartwatches will be launched in 2021. The first one is the Moto G smartwatch, which is expected to arrive in June this year. This smartwatch has been named after the company's G-series smartphones and it is identical to the existing Moto 360 smartwatch. The naming of the upcoming smartwatch indicates that it will be a pocket-friendly offering.
Apart from this, the company is also the Moto Watch and the Moto One smartwatch. Both of these smartwatches are expected to arrive in July 2021. In terms of the design, while the Moto G and the Moto One smartwatches will come with a round dial, the Moto Watch will come with a squarish dial that resembles the Apple Watch.
Apart from this, the presentation reveals that the company is partnering with Google and Qualcomm for its upcoming smartwatches. The ‘Product Partners' slide shows the two companies as technology partners. The slide says that ‘eBuyNow is one of a handful of active Wear OS Licensees' indicating that the upcoming smartwatches would run on Google's Wear OS. The slide also says that ‘eBuyNow is among the earliest stage companies partnered with Qualcomm for premium wearables' indicating that upcoming smartwatches would be powered by the Snapdragon Wear chipset.
Beyond these details, nothing is known about the Moto-branded smartwatches yet. But we'll keep an eye out for details.