Motorola has announced its eagerly-anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch has sold out in the United States, less than two and a half hours after going on sale.
The stylish, round-faced Android Wear smartwatch went up for grabs on Motorola.com at midday EST in the US, but the firm is already claiming stocks have been “completely” exhausted.
Some shoppers are claiming the device was showing as sold out as soon as 30 minutes after it became available, with server issues preventing purchases for the first 15.
In a post on the Motorola Mobility Google Plus page, the company asked potential buyers to register their interest for information on when supplies have been replenished.
The firm wrote: “Unfortunately, Moto 360 is currently sold out on Motorola.com. Availability may be limited for a while due to high demand. You can register to be notified when it’s available again online.”
The Google Play store, which also began selling the watch in the United States on Friday is also showing the watch to be “out of inventory.” just a couple of hours after sales opened up.
Disappointed smartwatch fanciers hit out at Motorola for its diminished availability, with some accusing the firm of sending too much stock to Best Buy retailers, only for the store employees to snap them up.
Daniel Ortiz wrote: “High demand? You mean low supply. You sent 2-3 to each Best Buy, who let their employees buy them.”
Jeff Tchz was also among those upset by the diminished supplies: “Good job guys, you knew your product was highly sought after; after announcing it 6 months ago and yet you still could not create enough supply to last more that 10 minutes.”
Another commenter, Russell Page added: “Wow. Who would have thought Motorola wanted to be like Apple. Launch with no stock.”
The lack of availability on day one hits Motorola and Google’s chances of getting a head start on Apple before the iWatch launch, expected to arrive next Tuesday.
The Moto 360 will go on sale in the UK in early October for £199. Better get those clicking fingers at the ready guys. These are unlikely to hang around for long.
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Via: The Next Web