Motorola has officially launched the latest generation of the Moto 360 smartwatch with Android Wear in China at a press conference in Shanghai today.
The Moto 360 will be the first Android Wear-powered smartwatch to launch in China but sadly it will be a different version of it as the company has had to remove and replace Google Now and Google Play from the smartwatch due to both services not being available in China.
In place of Google Now, China’s Mobvoi will be used for search and voice recognition functions and Sogou will provide the mapping functionality in place of Google Maps. Users will also be able to download and install apps through local app stores instead of Google Play.
While the experience of the Moto 360 in China may be different, Google assures that it will still be similar and not as limited as it would seem. One example of the changes is that instead of saying “Ok Google” users will now have to say “Hello Android” to active the Moto 360’s voice command feature.
We don’t know how the changes to Moto 360 and Android Wear will affect the performance and sales of the device in China but this move goes to show how much Google wants to re-penetrate the Chinese market.