Moto 360 Sport already running out of steam? Google Store shuts down sales
For Android devices, it’s almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It’s not like Google sells just any hardware, so you’ve got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google’s own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we’ve got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport.
As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport’s path to market has been an odd one. The smartwatch launched all the way back in September, but sales wouldn’t even get started for another few months: they hit Europe in December, and the US in early 2016. It looked like smooth sailing for a while there, but then all of a sudden, just a couple weeks back, we started seeing all manner of Moto 360 Sport sales, with some pretty significant price cuts. Were retailers just feeling generous, or was there trouble a-brewing?
Now Google has removed the Moto 360 Sport from its main Android Wear page. Pulling up the smartwatch’s listing directly results in a “this product is unavailable in your country” message. And Google’s even pulled mention of the wearable altogether from its list of country-by-country availability.
We know that Motorola is still selling the smartwatch directly, and just the other day heard about new retail plans for India, so there’s clearly some life left in this model – but that said, Google’s apparent abandonment of the Moto 360 Sport has us all sorts of concerned for its long-term fate.
We’ve reached out to Motorola for comment on this development, and will update this post with any response we receive.