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Motorola Announces Moto 360, A Smartwatch Powered by Android Wear

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Hot on the heels of Google’s release of the Android Wear preview SDK, Motorola has announced a smartwatch powered by Android’s UI for wearables dubbed the Moto 360.

The device’s hardware evokes a classic timepiece, with a premium metal body and a visually stunning round display.  On the software front, the Moto 360 will feature the standard array of Google Now elements – like “Ok Google” voice commands and contextual cards – central to Android Wear, in addition to a wrist-twisting gesture which will allow you to  quickly view e-mail, call, and appointment notifications.

Pricing and release details on the device are scarce, but Motorola is aiming for a Summer 2014 launch window. For those interested in the Moto 360 (and who isn’t?), head on over to Motorola’s website to sign up for more info.

Via: Motorola
  • ckeegan

    Yeah, I am totally buying this. Hoping the face is gorilla glass, which should really be what every watch face should have nowadays.

  • MicroNix

    Even though I’m not interested in the smart watches, I give props to Moto for the design. Elements of the video presentation even had a very Apple-like excitement built around it. Well done Moto.

  • NexusMan

    The black metal band Moto 360 is EVERYTHING! That is sooo mine, on day one. Loving what Motorola is doing. I hope they release it simultaneously with the Moto X 2.

  • Godzilla

    Does anyone know if it uses Gorilla glass? Seems like a no brainer but If and when i get a smart watch i need the screen to not scratch easily.

    • NexusMan

      Not necessarily a no brainer…could use Sapphire glass.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Finally! Now just take my money!

  • Jordi Agricola

    “In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god’s blessing, but because I am enlightened by Motorola’s intelligence.”

  • AndrewScottRox


  • coh303

    Its either going to be this or the Razer Nabu.. or both 🙂

  • Dima
  • Can’t believe how bad the Galaxy Gear looks compared to this

  • M3D1T8R

    We’ll see how this turns out, but as if right now this is the first smart watch I’m even thinking about possibly wanting to own.

  • interstellarmind

    I give it a week before Apple sues Moto for patent-infringement of the circle from the iPod.

  • Guest

    The one watch to rule them all :)!!!

  • droidrazredge

    Finally, I’ve been waiting for a watch that was simplistic yet still smart. That’s all I ever really wanted in a smart watch. A watch that can be smart yet still keep the classic look of a watch and not try to be something overly complicated then what it needs to be. Hopefully other OEMS can take note. All we wanted was a ‘smart watch’ not a ‘smartphone watch’ that basically does what our smartphone already does. I now know who i’ll be purchasing my first smartwatch from.

  • Sherkhan

    Moto 360 Smartwatch- How it works


  • Wow….well done…I was at a loss for how stupid all these companies are releasing smart watches like theres a reason to chose one from the other whent hey all are equally ridiculous…but this is just nice…a watch id actually wear and call a watch

  • truth_cutz

    I must give Motorola credit….a few years ago, I had written them off for dead. But I like what I’ve been seeing. The Moto X is a great premise and device, the Moto G is a still for $100 and the new watch looks 100x better than Samsungs offering.

  • Dave

    My biggest concern is dropping I’d guess $399 or so on somewhat of a duplicate device. And these watches are in such market infancy, newer better, more powerful ones are going to pop up in quick cycles, just like phones did 3-5 years ago. At least now you can buy a bargain basement phone and it can hold its own for a while.

  • Dave

    This may be a simple and obvious question : does this have to tether off a phone or can in function fully by itself?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      No one knows yet.

  • BenG

    Winter is Coming

  • Gary*

    Should of named it moto 247

    • steve anderson

      I like that a lot. Hopefully next product.

  • nabooska

    Responding to messages seems very polished. ME GUSTA

  • Joseph Lee

    It’s not the watch we asked for, it’s the watch we deserved

  • gcforreal

    Ok s##t just got real…. I gotta have it

  • Flexo

    Looks fine to my grandpa, where are the smart functions?

  • Ben Udkow


  • cizzlen

    That Leslie Hicks lady… damn.

  • mmoreimi

    I have a Moto X. If I say “OK google now” will both the phone and 360 watch prompt me for a command? I assume so….that would kind of suck.

    • kali bred

      Ok google for watch ok google “now” for phone I tried doing just OK Google on the phone and it never launched until I say now

      • mmoreimi

        But if I want to address my phone and say OK Google Now, then the watch will wake up too.

        • kali bred

          Ah ha I over looked that good catch. I’m not sure then I guess they’ll figure that out somehow I’m sure they have a fix since this will be out around the time the new batch of phones with kitkat and google now voice commands is out

        • kali bred

          I’m guessing that when it’s paired it’ll only answer to one and I’m thinking when it’s not and in an offline mode of sorts it’ll only be clock interface and since it’s from moto I’m hoping it’ll have the 150 foot connection that the moto buds have or at least somewhere close to that that’ll be awesome

      • Scott Tucker

        My S4 with GEL installed answers to “OK Google” alone.

    • Adrynalyne

      They need to change it.

      “Go-go gadget-wrist!”

      “Go-go gadget-phone!”

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Let me fix that for you.

        “Go-go Google-wrist!”

        “Go-go Google-Phone!”

        • Adrynalyne

          Nooooo. Gotta be Inspector Gadget-ish :p

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Best of both worlds! lol

          • Adrynalyne

            Touche, LOL.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Could you even imagine what Inspector Gadget would be like powered by Google?

          • Adrynalyne

            Go-Go Gadget-Google-Adwords!

            Kidding :p

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Kidding or not, still made me laugh!

    • George Brooke

      Ok wear would be better

  • Orion

    Moto just shut the smartwatch game down.

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    ^_^ I’m so happy I didnt get the pebble steel

  • Shadowstare

    Give me a two tone band, and you can take my money. Looks gorgeous.

  • jaredgreenwald

    Yes. “It’s Time” for you to take my money already.

  • Ryan Powell

    First the Moto X and now the Moto 360… I’m officially obsessed with Motorola now. What’s with the bottom plate? Could that be a translucent bottom panel that lights up for notifications? Maybe producing a subtle glow under the watch to grab your attention?

    • Transverse45h

      LED is pointless… vibration is what it should have…

      • Ryan Powell

        True, and it probably will for when a new notification first comes in, but think about once they have shown up and you were too busy to check at that time. A nice subtle glow in and out would be a nice touch to get your attention back without the watch needing to vibrate your arm off until you check it.

        • Transverse45h

          thats a good point..

        • NexusMan

          See my comment above this. Also, your idea here is fantastic too.

      • NexusMan

        Actually, that bottom plate idea would be brilliant. Google has stated that a smartwatch shouldn’t be vibrating constantly for every insignificant notification. You should only be interrupted for the most important messages and time sensitive things. That “translucent bottom panel,” would be one way to address that.

    • AbbyZFresh

      You’re aren’t alone. DL as a whole is Motorola obsessed recently.

  • veRdiKt
    • AbbyZFresh

      she’s a 6/10 in my area.

      • guest

        no way jose. we’ve all presumably seen girls from your “area” on the internet at the very least and she is at a 10 out of 10 minimum

  • SplashMTN

    If I can pick this up for ~$150 – $200 then I’m in.

    • Orion

      I’m hoping for a good price. But damn that thing looks premium.

  • Booyabobby

    Take my money Motorola!

  • switchblade_bravado

    This smart watch looks beautiful. Love the round watch face. Here’s hoping it’s affordable.

    • NexusMan

      Well, what do you consider affordable?

      • switchblade_bravado

        For me, dependent on the specs and battery life (which would hopefully be at least 3-4 days before charging) I would say sub $200. I can see this being more expensive than the LG G watch based on design and screen tech, but again, we don’t have the information yet. I love how it looks like a traditional watch.

        • NexusMan

          Yes. I don’t think it’s going to be $200, though. I’d call it closer to $400. This thing is premium.

  • viggysee

    anybody else notice that the bottom of the round screen is blank? It’s that way in clock mode too…seems like an odd design choice…

  • Daniel Russell

    I’m pretty sure all of Droid Life just jizzed in their pants.

  • studwig98

    The only thing I worry about is non-standard bands like the Samsung smart watches. It’s nice to have the option to walk into any watch shop and buy a band you like. Looks super slick though!

  • Ground Level

    I JUST told my friend two days ago I didn’t want a smart watch because they’re all ugly and don’t even resemble watches.

    And now this is announced, my wallet is on fire and I find myself wishing they’d release it today.

    Well done, Moto.

  • Ryan5609

    View the 360° Moto Smartwatch here http://imgur.com/gallery/Z5rfXni

  • JSo

    Are any of these watches going to be a “Nexus” watch? Or are they all going to have a different UI designed by each manufacturer? Because I want the UI Google makes.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well supposedly this is based off the Google Android Wear that just released.

      • JSo

        I know. But even with phones, every manufacturer puts their own UI on their devices. But it is still all Android. And they say its “powered” by Android Wear so that’s why I assume that.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Well if it is powered by Android Wear, It will be interesting to see what UI changes can be made within it.

          • JSo

            I still want what Google showed off in their video though.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well, the two watches look very similar. Considering Google still owns Motorola until the deal goes through, they might be the same watch.

          • JSo

            Hopefully. Fingers crossed.

  • Alix8821

    I liked the futuristic look of Gear 2,BUT this watch is absolutely gorgeous. I’m very excited. Just hope El Goog keeps the prices down as well

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, it is Motorola, so…

  • hebrewHAMMER

    Can somebody insert the Andy Samberg “jizz in my pants” gif? There has never been a more appropriate occasion. 🙂

  • MichaelFranz

    Seeing all these watches and wearables today makes me want to wait on my next phone choice…..

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’m thinking a Motorola 360 and whatever phone they release around the same time.

      • MichaelFranz

        agreed..mid summer annoucement, end of summer launch

    • jbdan

      Indeed, I’m with ya

  • Rocketjrb


  • Orion

    Ok I take everything back. I want a smartwatch now. This thing looks sexy as hell. moto does it right.

  • Ry Sav

    if its priced reasonibly, ill easily buy one!

  • Jeff C

    This changes… everything?

    • cjohn4043


  • mustbepbs

    I just don’t understand the point of them. They don’t offer anything that your phone can’t do. I just can’t believe there’s a market for it. As if taking your phone out of your pocket is hard.

    People say “Oh it’s for meetings and times that you can’t check your phone.” How often does that even happen, though? And is checking your watch much different than checking your phone? Especially when there will be a new stigma attached to it when it’s got the same notifications as your phone?

    Can someone explain this to me?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      This would be must easier for me to check then my phone. I know at my business, they don’t want us using or checking our phones except in the break rooms, outside, or designated areas. So a smartwatch would be much easier to check throughout the day.

      • mustbepbs

        Yeah but how long will it be before people are always checking their “watches”? How long before those are banned at the workplace? You’re just substituting one device for another.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          At which point, some other wearable will come out. I don’t think they would ban checking watches, but maybe banning smart watches. In all honesty, the only thing I would like is to be able to check what the notifications are. Not even really need to respond to them, but to be able to see if it is something important would be nice. It doesn’t make sense for me to have to keep getting up throughout the day to check my phone in a designated area just to make sure I haven’t received an important text or call. A few people in my family have health issues, so if something goes wrong, I need to know sooner rather than later. I realize that my scenario isn’t the norm, but it would be nice to have one.

          • mustbepbs

            Why not just carry your phone with you? You’re already gonna be carrying an expensive, fragile piece of technology that is probably not waterproof on your wrist.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I do carry my phone with me, but to check my phone I have to go to a designated area. Would be much easier to check my watch.

      • Detonation

        Until they don’t want you checking your smartwatches either…

    • Geekdad

      If you don’t get it, you don’t need it. Why do people still buy watches that cost thousands of dollars when all they do is tell time? The cool factor alone is worth it to me.

      • mustbepbs

        “Why do people still buy watches that cost thousands of dollars when all they do is tell time?”

        Well that explains it for me. It’s for the people who already drop $500 on a watch, or people who want to keep up with the Joneses.

    • Walter Partlo

      It would be great for those of us that prefer to commute via bike.

      • mustbepbs

        How would this help you vs a bike mount? You’re still taking your eyes off the road. Not only that, but this thing works via voice and gestures. How is that going to help you?

        • Walter Partlo

          I use a bike service (NiceRide) so that I don’t have to maintain a bike or worry about it being stolen. Given that, I don’t own the bike, so there is not a mount attached for my smartphone. Even if I did, I wouldn’t have to worry about the phone jostling out and breaking. It is much easier to look at your wrist waiting at a light than it is to take your phone out of your pocket or bag. I am beginning to feel that you are not really interested in seeing how someone would find this useful though.

          • mustbepbs

            I’m trying to see people’s reasoning behind their use cases. No need to get defensive.

          • Walter Partlo

            Twas an observation, not defense. I am old enough that I feel comfortable making my own decisions on how to spend my own money without having to justify it to strangers. 😉

          • mustbepbs

            You answered my question. I didn’t force you to.

          • Walter Partlo

            Lol, that’s right, I did, and you are welcome.

          • Walter Partlo

            This is good practice though, because i am sure that my wife will ask the same question.

          • Walter Partlo

            I guess that I forgot the obvious: I wouldn’t need a bike mount.

        • Walter Partlo

          I am also a chemist, so being able to check notifications and respond while practicing good chemical hygiene, i.e. not handling my phone with gloves on. Removing my gloves and washing my hands to see that I have new Target mobile coupons is a pain in the arse and a waste of time. I can do touchless control on my Moto X, but I still have to have it with me to do so.

    • Fresh360

      I was you when tablets became a “thing” I could not for the life of me figure out why I would need such a thing. To this day I still don’t need a tablet BUT I own one. Same thing with a smartwatch you definently do not need one and many of the functions will be redundant but there are many people who want one, and just maybe once you try one you too will want one just as I did with my tablet.

      • mustbepbs

        Tablets make sense in the world of mobile devices, because smartphone screens are tiny.

  • Boblank84

    this just killed every smart watch as far as design imo. sammy really screwed up this year not releasing their stuff announced at mwc in a timely manner. Its gonna take some amazing advertising to push those gear watches now.

  • Scott Webber

    How big do you think this is? I wear small mens watches

    • Prox

      looks about a 40mm case, estimate.

  • A.Miller

    Finally a “smartwatch” that I think I would actually wear.

  • onDroid

    Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost $360

    • jbdan

      To be honest, if the battery life were in the 4-7 day range and it was built well (with some ruggedness), I’d be all over it for $350’ish (This coming from someone who has carelessly spent thousands on a watch :p)

  • WestFiasco

    I wonder about the retail price.

  • Chris Schmucker

    That metal band is sexy as hell!

  • hansip

    Now that’s real innovation 🙂 But some intriguing aspect though.. how do you manage UI with such round display? It’s a first i gues.. But if this really happening, definitely will be in my future purchase 🙂

  • XvierX


  • Sanchez19

    Honestly, I’ve never cared about smartwatches. I haven’t even bothered watching any reviews or reading any articles on them. I simply never thought I would ever need or want one. This article has changed my perspective, thanks in large part to Moto. I wouldn’t mind wearing that watch and I’m hoping it will work as wonderfully as my Moto X. Say what you want about them, but Moto is certainly gaining some form of brand loyalty back and I am pretty excited to see what they do with it.

    • Dave

      Let’s hope that doesn’t end with the Lenovo acquisition. Otherwise, they’ll end up in the dump with HTC. Here’s to hoping….

  • Guy Pierce

    Everyone who has already purchased/backed a so called “smartwatch” are kicking themselves in the butt.

  • Mike Aurin

    Dear Lenovo,

    Don’t f*ck this up.

    The World

    • hkklife

      Don’t worry, they will. The successor device will look like a Casio G-Shock but without the durability.

  • tvBilly

    Doesn’t Apple already have a patent on a circle?

    • michael hill

      And the square, oval, octagon, and parallelogram Lol.

    • EC8CH

      No, but they’ll argue in court that it’s not a circle but a rectangle with round corners. It’s just that the sides happen to be equal and the radii touch at the midpoints.

  • npompei

    It looks great, but I want a watch I can wear all the time. That metal will get destroyed by my lifestyle. I want a watch that can run/bike/swim with me. I know I am asking a lot but I don’t think I am. More like an “active” lifestyle watch?!
    This thing is awesome but if I am going to drop the coin I want it to do what I want it to do, and that is be on me nearly 24/7. Am I asking too much? Jeez, with the way these latest posts are coming, I can wait 20min and another company will have the ‘active’ watch ready to go! Let’s hope Moto is making it because this looks great!

    • jbdan

      Bet they come out with an “active” version

  • Deeco

    Ok Google: Make the Moto360 appear on my wrist NOW!

    • panicswhenubered

      I see what you did there.

  • paul_cus

    Reminds me of the Motorola V70. This is a good thing.

  • jbworldwide1

    *Looks at my Pebble and sings It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye*

  • moelsen8

    i hate watches but even i want this.

  • Chris Schmucker


  • DisGuy

    color me excite!

  • Here’s hoping for seamless pairing and functionality with my Moto X.

    • r0l

      Since end of summer would coincide with the new Moto X I would imagine it might be pairing with many people’s new Moto X.

      • I’m OK with that as long as they support the first Moto X along with it.

  • hyperbeatser

    just got a chubby

  • jbdan

    Now DL do the “would you own a smart watch” poll 😀

    • Thomas

      Great idea. Tim, make this happen 😉

    • Cael

      Should really be which OEM’s smartwatch would you choose…

  • AbbyZFresh

    Will there be any special exclusive features when it’s tethered to the Moto X or the 2013 Droids?

  • CCCO

    Props to Moto on a stunning looking design…and for NO LEAKS. That’s pretty amazing now days…


      Not a single leak, but instead people who were yearning for this design, and they delivered!

  • Jared Denman

    My first smartwatch!

  • Colton

    that thing is beautiful.

  • kali bred

    Show of hands if u think nexus watch will be shown today? Huuuh? Anyone? Anyoooone? :p

  • Walter Partlo

    So, is this the watch that was in the google SDK preview vid?

    • jbdan

      Looks a lot like it

    • moew

      Round is the moto. Square is the LG G watch

      • Walter Partlo

        So, these 3 announcements were not coincidental. 🙂

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Bet you all the other OEMs are kicking themselves thinking “A circle! Why didn’t we think of a CIRCLE?”

    • jbdan


    • WestFiasco

      It really does look good.

    • Jeff C

      “The rings are a symbol of eternity, because on the ring there is no beginning, there is no end…because its a circle. Its not like a triangle, triangle have like a corner at the ends… this one is a circle.”

      • Daistaar

        Damn you Rob Schneider LOL.

    • Dave

      There was a round classic watch shown on DL in the last week or two, I forget the maker, but it wasn’t anybody big. Looked exactly the same.

      • Hobie Helbich

        That was just a concept by a designer, not an actual product. He was just showing us how OEM’s are throwing out years of watch design innovation just because they all of a sudden are futuristic “smartwatches”. He was proposing that smartwatches could still be aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional.

        Motorola apparently has taken this to heart, and theirs is the first true round smartwatch that will actually be produced and sold.

        The article for reference:

  • tharealoc

    My wallet started burning all of a sudden…

  • EC8CH

    Pretty amazing if it looks that sexy and compact AND it has the great battery life they promise.

  • hebrewHAMMER

    This looks fantastic. I’m a little hesitant to be a first gen adopter, but I like where Google is going with this. I hope they cAn incorporate a stainless steel body and sapphire crystal glass to ensure durability like my current watch. Bravo Moto!

    • tharealoc

      This is a second gen smart watch for motorola. So they are ahead of most

      • hebrewHAMMER

        Yes, you’re right about that. Did the previous version run Android the same way that this one will though? In my eyes it’s first gen in that regard

        • tharealoc

          I meant more in terms of hardware. The software is new, but should be dependent on google. So best case, you get better hardware and software that is equal to the competition. That is, if they keep the watch os vanilla.

          • hebrewHAMMER

            Okay, gotcha. I’ll see how this plays out in terms of price. I’ll probably consider it around Christmas when Moto will likely have a sale on it.

  • viewthis66

    i’m down for this.

  • This thing looks hot as hell. Moto, I never doubted you for a second! 😛

    • tharealoc

      This is the watch we have all been waiting for!

    • EC8CH


    • droidrazredge

      The one ‘watch’ to rule them all!!!

    • akazerotime

      My only thought is I hope Lenovo won’t kill this if its part of the old Moto/Google development that’s exiting. I don’t want this to be the new XOOM.

  • Ben Murphy

    How do phones leak months before, but we’ve heard nothing of this until today?? Take my first-born! (I’ll need my money to buy this)

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, considering it is coming in the Summer, it is months before it is coming out.

    • grumpyfuzz

      I actually like when unexpected announcements come out of nowhere, it’s a nice surprise.

  • JJ69Chev

    Want it now…

  • brkshr

    I think a square (or squared with rounded corners) display would be more functional… BUT DAMN THIS CIRCULAR WATCH IS SEXY!

    • Justin Foster

      The first part of your comment is debatable, but yes siree on the second half!! #MotoBeauty

  • Sean Plantz

    Finally, something that doesn’t look like a calculator watch.

    • calculatorwatch

      I feel like I should resent that, but I absolutely love this design.

      Hopefully it will still have a calculator app.

    • M3D1T8R

      Hey I love my calculator watch! Ok I haven’t used it for over a decade but when I was a kid my Casio Databank was the smart watch if the day. Had three or four of them over the years. That thing could store phone numbers!

  • Ground Level


  • Thomas

    I would buy this on looks alone. Great looking watch!!

  • Ray

    Samsung is hiding under a rock right now finally watches that look good

    • Dave

      They’re probably drowning in a bank vault after the success of the galaxy phones. If smart watches actually catch on (which is really up in the air) this one sure looks like a viable choice.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    “VISUALLY STUNNING!!!!! ROUND display”. Seriously I don’t what it does, it looks incredible and I’m getting it.

  • kali bred

    I’ll take one of those leather metal wrist thingies in brown poor favor, graces 🙂

  • Gato Mafioso

    I now know who will be making my first smartwatch 🙂

    • Ralph Bretz

      Same here. I almost bought the Moto ACTV or how ever it’s spelled.

    • Arty McBert

      Finally a smart watch that actually looks like a watch. I’ll still be holding my breath until I see the battery life. No point in buying a watch if I have to tediously charge it every day/week.

      • I’d buy a watch that was charged daily. I already plug everything else in over night.

        • Jess B

          I take my watch off every night anyway.

        • chris125

          Agree. I take my watch off at night so as long as it could make it through the day I would not complain.

  • jbdan


  • My jaw is on the floor…this makes all current smart watches look like baby toys.

  • Tony Byatt


    Is today my birthday…

    What an hour…

    • Thomas

      For real. Have we ever been this excited about smart watch posts. I think not 😉

  • brkshr


  • Joel Vasallo


  • Sean Plantz

    Finally, something that doesn’t look as ridiculous as the calculator watches people used to wear.

  • joseph barrientos

    heck yes

  • Shamu

    Why am I shaking uncontrollably?

    • fartbubbler

      had you heard Mary Hart’s voice recently?

  • litobirdy

    yes yes and more YES YES YES. i’ve always hated smartwatches but this I wouldn’t mind. Long as it’s not a million bucks