Minor Build Update Rolling Out to Moto 360, Might Improve Performance (Updated)

It may not be Android Wear 2.0, but a few Moto 360 users on XDA and reddit over the past week have reported being prompted to download and install a firmware update.

The update retains the software version of the older firmware, 4.4W.1, but bumps the Android Wear number up to 1.0.1.1448224 (previously 1.0.1.1387258) and the build number to KGW42R (previously KGW42N).  (more…)

Video: Moto 360 vs. LG G Watch

Even though we have already reviewed both the Moto 360 (review) and LG G Watch (review), we have yet to do a full comparison of their specs, design, and performance on video. Since these are arguably the two Android Wear watches to consider at this time (sorry, Gear Live), thanks to either their price (G Watch at $179) or premium circular build (Moto 360), we are finally doing that today.

This isn’t a video that will talk battery life or viewing in sunlight, since we did that in each of those reviews, but we will instead focus on the design when compared next to one another, and also the performance of each when thrown through a variety of tasks. In this clip, you will see each device run through a series of voice actions, all of which seem to struggle at times thanks to the beta-ness that is Android Wear. It’s hit or miss from one command to the next between each wearable. That can’t be user error, right?  (more…)

Top Custom Watch Faces for Android Wear

Creation of watch faces for Android Wear is booming right now, even though Google has yet to release an official API for their development. Regardless, much like in Jurassic Park, developers will find a way. And for that, we would like to thank them.

We have compiled a showcase for a few of our favorite watch faces that are currently available for the Moto 360. While this list is somewhat short considering the hundreds of different choices out there, we hope this post can serve as reference for anyone who would like to go beyond the stock faces that Motorola and Google provide out of the box.  (more…)

Moto 360 Review

Motorola’s Android Wear watch, the Moto 360, is without a doubt the most anticipated wearable of 2014. There is good reason for that, of course. Thanks to its classic, round design, stainless steel body, and leather accessories, there aren’t any other smartwatches that can come close to the overall package promised.

Motorola took their sweet time getting it ready for retail after initially unveiling it in March, but the device is now available for purchase. Early reviews showed concern over battery life, limited quantities have been available for purchase, and Apple just got done unveiling their own watch, so we can imagine that you want our thoughts. Trust me when I say that there are plenty to share.

This is our Moto 360 review.  (more…)

Three Great Android Wear Apps: WearFaces, Knock, and Panic

With the Moto 360 now available, we are sure there are plenty new Android Wear users in the building, so we wanted to share a few apps that we thought you might find useful.

Of course, many of the first things you will want to download are custom watch faces, so we have that covered, but we also wanted to showcase a couple of utility applications, two of which you may not have thought to try out on your own.

Below, see our list of a few apps which we think you might enjoy on your Android Wear smartwatch. (more…)

Thursday Poll: Should a Smartwatch be Round or Square?

Square or round? That seems to be the debate about smartwatches in 2014. Motorola decided long ago that they were ditching the rectangular smartwatch design for something closer to a traditional, circular time piece with the Moto 360. We have even seen LG already jump to the idea as well, with the G Watch R. But then you have Samsung sticking with square (semi-curved square, to be correct) throughout their half-dozen or so watch releases. And of course, Apple went square with the Apple Watch in this week’s unveiling.

We are curious which you prefer? Clearly, you think the Moto 360 is the best looking watch of the bunch, according to our latest poll, but that could be because of the overall design. Maybe you could buy into a square watch if it looked amazing. You tell us – square or round?

Should a Smartwatch be Round or Square?

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