Lenovo lining up Windows Phone smartphone, Android Wear smartwatch

Lenovo lining up Windows Phone smartphone, Android Wear smartwatch

Lenovo may have just bought Motorola from Google, but it says it's still interested in Windows Phone – in fact, it plans to unveil its first smartphone running Microsoft's mobile OS later in the year.

Not only that, it's planning to go after a piece of the fast-growing wearables market too and is lining up a Google Wear-powered smartwatch to launch by the end of 2014 or in early 2015.

That's all according to Lenovo executive VP and mobile chief Liu Jun, who was speaking to German site Mobile Geeks through the week.

Lenovo was one of nine new Windows Phone partners announced by Microsoft at MWC 2014 in February, but the only news we've heard since then has been vague rumours suggesting a Lenovo Windows Phone could break cover over the Summer.

Assuming the latest quotes are accurate, things seem to have moved on from “maybe” to “almost definitely”, though whether we're still talking about a Summer release remains to be seen.

As for the Lenovo smartwatch, details are thin on the ground so far. But considering the company now owns Motorola you'd assume a Lenovo-badged smartwatch would take a significantly different approach to all things wearable to avoid eating into Moto 360 sales - not to mention any further Moto smartwatches that may appear down the line.

That said, given the end 2014/early 2015 timeframe mentioned, we're still a good six months away from even the earliest possible arrival date, so there's plenty of time for things to change.

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