Backed by Google, a Chinese AI-powered smartwatch trains its sights on the US

Mobvoi, a 4-year-old Chinese technology start-up with a large following in China, has global ambitions for its smartwatch, which is barely a year old. On Tuesday, Mobvoi — which has raised $75 million in financing to date and is Google’s mobile tech partner in one of the world’s biggest markets for smartwatches — is launching a global edition of its Ticwatch 2, the second generation of a version currently available only in China. Mobvoi is gearing up a Kickstarter campaign for the four models of its device, which will offer an early bird price of $99 and $129 for a version with a plastic or oak/leather band, respectively — a bargain when compared to Apple Watch, which starts at around $300. The first version of the watch launched last year,…


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