When the Moto 360 from Motorola was released last year, it was one of the first mainstream devices to have launched with a round face and a traditional looking dial, which made the device look like a conventional wristwatch, rather than something that you’d give your child as a toy. The watch was received warmly by both the press and by Android Wear enthusiasts initially, but some of the initial enthusiasm for the watch cooled down after its release, with issues being reported about battery life, among other things. However, the device still remains one of the preeminent Android Wear smartwatches in the market, and Motorola was said to be readying the Android Wear 5.1.1 update for the device, amidst talks of the next generation Motorola smartwatch being launched by Motorola Mobility’s parent company Lenovo, some time later this summer. The Moto 360 has been on the market for about a year now, but unlike its smartphones which have been comparatively quick to receive updates, the smartwatch is lagging behind companies like LG, which has updated its last year’s G Watch R to the latest version of Android Wear.
Now however, Motorola Mobility has released an official statement on Twitter, which indicates there will be a delay in the update rollout for an unspecified period of time. The tweet simply says, “Performance is not quite there yet. We’re working with Google to ensure the software works great on #Moto360”. The update was originally scheduled to go live in May according to Google, but even after that deadline has come and gone, users are no closer to getting the new features that come with the latest update. The new Android Wear update comes with gesture support and better Wi-Fi support, amidst a number of other feature enhancements like always-on apps and native always-on display support.
With competition in the smartwatch segment intensifying, Motorola, or any other manufacturer for that matter, can ill-afford to make missteps from here on in. While the smart wearables market is growing exponentially, it is still dominated by low-cost smart bands, rather than high-end smartwatches. While most Android Wear vendors would have hoped that the release of the Apple Watch will bring the segment as a whole into the consciousness of mainstream consumers, and in the process, expand the market as a whole, that doesn’t seem to have happened till now. Motorola, LG and a whole host of other companies will be hoping that changes soon.