As we were heading into the holiday weekend, Motorola sent out invites of some sort to a potential soak test for DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini owners for what we can only assume is an update to Android 4.4.4. The invites didn’t provide much info, nor were they the typical soak test emails, but readers of ours who did receive one seem to be on the same page as us – what else could it be? (more…)
The Motorola Connect application looks to have received an update this afternoon through Google Play, bringing with it what Motorola is calling a “new look and feel.” What exactly that means, we don’t know, but users should expect to see a somewhat refined user interface once having updated the app through the Play Store. (more…)
Even though the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available for purchase as the first ever Android Wear smartwatches, the majority of you have made it clear that the Moto 360 is all you care about. In fact, 70% of the DL community said in a poll that they are skipping the offerings from LG and Samsung to wait for Motorola’s circular wearable. That is a pretty astounding number, if you look at the complete results. Take a glance at that poll and you will see that more people (19%) said they aren’t interested at all in an Android Wear watch than the combined crowd that said they were buying either the G Watch (6%) or Gear Live (6%). It’s either Moto 360 or bust.
I can’t say I blame people for feeling this way. I shared plenty of my own thoughts on the Moto 360 earlier in the week, stating that it is the only smartwatch I am interested in because it looks like a beautifully designed watch first, yet has Android in the background as an added bonus.
As we have seen the G Watch ($229) and Gear Live ($199) go up for sale, we are potentially starting to get a feel for the price of the Moto 360. Well, we at least have a starting point, followed by a second level. We talked about this on the DL Show last night, but I am curious to know how much someone would be willing to pay for a premium Android Wear watch, with a circular stainless steel face and either a matching or leather band?
Motorola isn’t sharing specs or pricing, and as already denied that the $249 price point we saw through a Moto 360 contest is an accurate representation of the retail price. Does that mean we should go above $250, like $300? Or will it be even more pricey at $350 or $400? What would your max be?
*Note – I didn’t include a price under $200, because a price lower than $200 doesn’t seem realistic. The G Watch is made of pure, uninspired plastic and runs $229.
Tim and I were seated in the press section during Google I/O’s keynote last week as director of Android engineering David Singleton announced to all attendees that the first Android Wear smartwatches would be available later in the day. He started with the LG G Watch. A small golf clap followed. He then thought he was surprising us all by announcing that Samsung had created the Gear Live, which would also be available within a few hours. Another small golf clap followed. You could then feel the building about to explode with joy as he moved on to the Moto 360, a watch that is without a doubt the most anticipated smartwatch of all time on Android. And then came the news – it wouldn’t be available until “later this summer.” The entire crowd of around 6,000 booed and moaned and sighed simultaneously. While I’m a member of the press and technically not allowed to join in on that outcry, deep inside, I did. The Moto 360 is the only Android Wear smartwatch I want.
Why is it the only smartwatch I want, you ask? For one major reason – it doesn’t look like a smartwatch. When I wear a watch, I do so because it’s a fashion item that is also useful. Actually, to tell you the truth, at this point, it is really all about the fashion. I have a phone that can tell me the time if I really need it to. A watch has become an accessory first that also happens to tell the time. And since the Moto 360 has been beautifully crafted with stainless steel and leather to look like a watch first, smartwatch second, it wins in my book. (more…)
A Brazilian retailer called Livraria Logos, who just so happened to post Moto E specs two days before the phone was announced, has created a working page for the yet-to-be-announced Moto X+1, with a full list of specs. Outside of those, there are no real images of the phone or other marketing materials like we saw when the Moto E leaked early. We aren’t fully sure what to make of this site since all we know about it is a Moto E premature posting, but since they were spot on with the Moto E, we might as well give them a second look. (more…)
It seems Motorola was not kidding when it gave a launch timeframe of “late summer” for the show-stopping Moto 360. According to PhoneArena, the company plans to coincide the smartwatch’s release with the unveiling of the Moto X+1. If history is any indication, that could place a retail date squarely in August. (more…)
To say the Moto 360 is in a league of its own, with regard to just smartwatches, is an understatement. Pictures don’t do Motorola’s hardware justice, and after finally spending time with the device at this year’s Google I/O, it’s safe to say that this is the smartwatch we have all been waiting for.
Powered by Google’s Android Wear, which was showcased heavily at Google I/O in yesterday’s keynote, the Moto 360 is the first of its kind with a completely circular display. All other Android Wear-powered devices, like the G Watch and Gear Live, feature your typical rectangular and square displays. (more…)
Want to see the Moto 360 in action through an “official” demo video? Motorola was on hand with their Android Wear watch this week at Google I/O and gave us just that.
In the clip below, Motorola’s Cathay Bi takes us on a tour of the most anticipated of all the Android Wear products. From its beautiful aluminum and leather design to interacting with the card-like UI and using your voice to perform searches, this is what you have been waiting for. Even though the watch looks quite large, I am 100% ready to make this a part of my life.
We still don’t know when Motorola will sell the Moto 360, but we get the feeling that it is going to be soon, very soon. (more…)