Motorola didn’t show off any new devices, but it did have a lot to say about its plans for the future at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
Moto Maker, which until now has been available exclusively to U.S. customers, will open shop in Western Europe and Mexico next quarter, according to Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of product at Motorola Mobility. Moto Maker allows you to customize the company’s Moto X smartphone in hundreds of combinations, using different colors and finishes, including new wooden backs.
Osterloh also revealed the company is working on a smartwatch. According to a Q&A on Twitter he said on Tuesday: “We are working on a watch that will be available this year. We aim to address consumer issues like style & battery life.” He also said the watch will be announced in a few months. It’s worth noting that Motorola is no stranger to the smartwatch, having introduced the MotoActv back in 2011.
But while the Moto X has received more of the hype, the company revealed that its budget-priced Moto G handset is actually the best selling Motorola smartphone of all time. That makes sense, given its high-quality build and inexpensive price tag, not to mention its availability around much of the world.
It’ll be interesting to see what else Motorola has in store for this year, especially once the Lenovo deal is completed. A new Moto X and a smartwatch are a good place to start, though I’m hoping to see more high-quality, low-cost handsets as well.