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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
  • 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

    Hot!

  • coh303

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

  • Dima
  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPqVEKxgU4U

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    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

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT!!!

  • 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

    Moto-vado?

  • 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

      …again?

  • 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.