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Lenovo signifies interest in wearable devices

By Harish Jonnalagadda on 22 May 2014 08:11 am

Lenovo will launch its first wearable device in the near future, according to Liu Jun, president of Lenovo's mobile division. In an interview with Mobile Geeks, Jun stated that a wearable device would make its debut by the end of 2014 or early next year.

Lenovo has been considering getting into the wearable market for a while now, as Jay Parker, president of Lenovo North America, announced at CES in January that the manufacturer would be potentially interested in the wearable segment. In an interview with Re/code, Parker said that while wearables may not be mainstream in the next couple of years, Lenovo is "interested to see where it goes and what we can do with that."

It is interesting to see the direction Lenovo takes with its wearable device, and whether it will utilize Google's Android Wear platform. Google made no mention of Lenovo in its list of Android Wear hardware partners, so it is possible that the manufacturer, like Sony, is building its own user interface for wearables.

The markets that Lenovo will launch its wearable device is also unknown, but considering that the manufacturer isn't well-known in Western countries, it is possible that such a device would initially be available in Asian markets. In addition to a wearable device, the manufacturer is also going to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 handset by the end of 2014.

Lenovo's self branded wearable device won't be the first associated with the manufacturer, as the Moto 360 is scheduled to make its debut in the summer.

Source: Mobile Geeks

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Lenovo signifies interest in wearable devices


I don't understand companies that state, we may be interested and you can expect a device by end of the year. It makes absolutely no business sence what so ever! In a new and emerging market if your going to do it, get in there fast and furious hold no punches! Maybe ok end of the year lacks the zealous nature that consumers look at in such a new and fresh market from a company who's intending on competing. They may very well be in the process of purchasing Motorola mobility from Google but the Moto 360 will always be a Google product considering its design and development and initial production prosess were all done under Googles umbrella.

This is great news... Lenovo is a solid brand and makes fantastic devices (at least that I've used). Looking forward to any release!