Moto 360 smartwatch to ship in limited quantity, says report

The device is reportedly difficult to manufacture, due in large part to its circular design and components.

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Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, which will use Google's Android Wear , might not be readily available, a new report claimed.

The Moto 360's circular design and thus, circular-shaped components, make it exceedingly difficult to manufacture it in large quantities, Android Headlines reported on Wednesday, citing a person who claims to have knowledge of the launch plans. Therefore, Motorola will either have to deal with limited supply in all the countries it plans to launch the smartwatch, or it will have to cut back on launch locations out of the gate, the report claimed.

Motorola shed some light on the Moto 360 on Tuesday when Google announced Android Wear, a modified version of the operating system that's designed for wearables. Google also introduced LG, Asus, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung as hardware partners to utilize Android Wear. Motorola's Moto 360 is attempting to set itself apart in the space by offering a round watch design. Other smartwatch makers have been offering rectangular or square designs, due mainly to internal component and logic board designs.

The Moto 360 is expected to launch this summer in the US, followed by other countries after that. Motorola hasn't provided pricing or much feature information so far, but plans to offer up more details in the coming months.

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