At 2:00 a.m. EST today, Motorola\u2019s product announcement went live to give equal attention to mature and emerging markets. The timing of the announcement is indicative of Motorola\u2019s aspirations to increase its brand throughout the world with Lenovo. Asked about what the acquisition by Lenovo will mean, William Moss, Motorola Director of Corporate and International Communication, said:\n\n\u201cThe Lenovo acquisition isn't complete yet. It is still undergoing regulatory review, and we expect it to close within this year. We're excited about the acquisition. Lenovo has been very clear about their commitment to our strategy, brand and talent, and as a combined operation we'll have global scale and reach.\u201d\n\nMotorola reinvented itself as part of Google. It took its historical engineering and design advantages and built the Moto X, which was widely recognized for solid voice recognition and for low-power and very accessible screen notifications that haven\u2019t been duplicated. Most notable, the Moto X sidestepped the \u201cmee too\u201d hero phone competition that snared Samsung, HTC, and LG in lock-steps, to claim the most powerful smartphone title. The Moto X gave the consumer a differentiated experience with a better user interface with stock Android, using hardware that was fast enough but still affordable.\nMoto X 2nd Generation \u2013 The display is updated to a larger 5.2 inches, 1080x1920 pixels (424 ppi), and \u00a0\u00a02.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with a quad-core CPU. These are hero phone specs, but Motorola prefers to extol its improved voice control and consumer choice of Moto Maker, which lets consumers design their own devices like Nike\u2019s customers design their own sneakers.\nVoice commands have been extended beyond Google Now. New Moto X commands can post to Facebook, send What'sApp messages, and launch YouTube playlists. The user can replace the \u201cOK Google Now\u201d prompt with whatever they choose to wake up the phone and execute a wider range of commands.\nThe Moto X is affordably priced: $99.99 with a two-year contract and $499.99 without a carrier contract.\nMoto G 2nd\u00a0Generation \u2013 The Moto G, the best-selling smartphone in Motorola\u2019s history, also has a larger display, updated to 5 inches, 720x1280-pixels (294 ppi) resolution, and new integrated stereo speakers. Users can customize the back cover with 15 color choices. Starting at the same $179.99 price for an 8GB RAM device, an SD slot, 4G LTE and stock Android Kitkat, the Moto G should retain the consumer interest of its predecessor.\nMotorola Hint Earbud \u2013 It\u2019s embarrassing to be in a meeting or social setting having forgotten to remove one\u2019s Bluetooth headset. The Hint is far less obtrusive than other headsets and comes in a variety of colors. Not only does the Hint look less dorky, it also relieves the wearer from the \u201cone more wearable\u201d stigma; recharging computers, smartphones, smartwatches, Google Glass, and whatever new wearable yet to be announced has exceeded the acceptable level of annoyance from personal devices. Pretty soon, users will need a personal smart grid to power the personal wearable cloud.\n\nGraciously, the Hint case holds two additional 10-hour charges in the wearer\u2019s pocket, eliminating this dilemma. The Hint costs $149.99, not too high a premium for relief from dorkiness and freedom from frequent recharges.\nMoto 360 smartwatch now for sale \u2013 Except for the round-faced LG G Watch R, the Motorola 360 is the only smartwatch that looks like a watch. It runs Android Wear and includes a pedometer and heart rate monitor. Thankfully for its users, the Moto 360 includes a wireless bedside or desk-side wireless recharger, easing the one-more-wearable thing to recharge dilemma.\nThe Moto 360 is available for $249.99 on Motorola\u2019s website later today and at Best Buy stores.\nMotorola\u2019s introduction was timed today for the world to take notice. On sale today in North America now and soon available in most of South America, Europe, and Asia, the worldwide release is a sign of the importance of building a global brand footprint. How the products sell in each of the country market is hard to predict. One can guess that the Moto G 2nd\u00a0generation will sell well everywhere. The Moto X may not sell as well in developing markets as compared to mature markets, but it will sell. After all, Apple\u2019s iPhone sells at a premium for its high U.S. price in developing markets. With Lenovo\u2019s supply chain logistics and distribution, Motorola\u2019s brand will generate more sales after the merger is complete.\nIt\u2019ll be interesting to see how consumers accept the Moto 360. It is one of the few smartwatches that doesn\u2019t set off a \u201cnerd alert\u201d; it actually looks like a high-quality wristwatch. The New York Times reported yesterday from the Berlin IFA consumer electronics show that 3% of Americans and only 1% of Germans owned smartwatches. The Moto 360 could help boost this so-far low smartwatch penetration because wearers can enjoy the features of a smartwatch without the judgment from their peers.