Motorola has sold a jaw-dropping 3 million units of smartphones in India over the past 10 months, the company said in a press event on Thursday.
That magical figure seemed to be enough to convince the tech industry that Motorola isn't going anywhere; it's here to stay.
In an exclusive partnership with India's e-commerce giant Flipkart, Motorola boldly re-entered India in the beginning of last year. Over the span of 10 months or so, the mobile phone maker has introduced a series of devices under its flagship Moto range, including the much celebrated Android powered Moto 360 watch.
But the tech giant somehow didn't release the Moto Hint, a Bluetooth earbud that will allow you to speak voice commands to your device, in India. Now, it seems that Motorola is ready to launch the Bluetooth accessory in the country "very soon."
In a conversation with GizBot, Amit Boni, General Manager, Motorola India, said, "We'll bring the Moto Hint to India soon."
What is Moto Hint?
The Moto Hint is a tiny looking earbud that slips into your ear and hooks up to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The device is not an ordinary Bluetooth earpiece. It's far intelligent and attractive.
The size and shape is designed to fit. It also has microphones which also serve as a method to access Google Now and Moto Voice on the Moto X (2014).
Interestingly, the Moto Hint will automatically detect when the earpiece is removed from the ear and will switch off instantly. The firm claims the Bluetooth headset can run up to 10 hours on a single charge. It will work with any Android or iOS-enabled smartphone.
Moto Hint: Price and Release Date
Motorola Moto Hint is already available in the US at an asking price of $149 (Rs. 9,450 approx). We don't yet know when it will arrive in India but the launch should happen soon.
Moto 360 Successor on the way?
Motorola was the first prominent tech vendor to come with a "proper wearable" in the form of the Moto 360. Launched last year, the watch has garnered positive to average reviews from notable tech journalists.
Meanwhile, Motorola still hasn't released any recent sales figures for the Moto 360, suggesting that the watch isn't doing that well, at least, in reference to the Indian market. Now we've an update on this.
According to Amit Boni, General Manager, Motorola India, told GizBot that the product has been a success in the country. He declined to share sales figure with us, but said "we probably outsell everybody else put together." As of now, no other manufacturer other than Motorola has ever shared positive outlook as far as the wearable market in India is concerned.
On being asked if we get to see the second-generation of Moto 360 in the near future, the executive said, "There's a lot of exciting stuff coming up. We've a lead in the wearable segment, and will love to keep that lead".
Motorola to Open Exclusive Experience Zones
As part of its new strategy, Motorola announced today that they will open new experience customer zones across India in the coming days to come. The first such experience zone will be setup in Bengaluru, followed by other key metros.
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!