Samsung Grabs Patents for Round Smartwatches, Because Round is King

When you talk Android Wear, there is still only one device that the majority of tech enthusiasts are excited about – the Moto 360. Why? Well, because it looks like a traditional watch, thanks in part to the materials used, but mostly because the device is round. It doesn’t have the square or rectangular face that the first wave of smartwatches carried. It doesn’t look like a futuristic, “There is a calculator on my wrist!” type of watch. It looks like a watch, a watch that does all sorts of cool things thanks to Google’s new wearables platform. Round is king.

While Motorola will more than likely be the first to get a fully-featured round smartwatch out the masses (assuming they ever release this thing), Samsung might not be far behind. The company applied for (3) patents back in March of 2013 for smartwatches that feature a similar round design. They were granted those patents yesterday.  (more…)

Moto 360 Product Lead Lior Ron Talks Design in 60 Second Clip

Motorola is continuing its Moto 360 hype, this time in a brief conversation with Lior Ron, product lead for the Moto 360. In this brief clip, Lior discusses Motorola’s decision to go with the round look, which has had most tech enthusiasts extremely excited since it was first unveiled.

Lior states in the video that a watch is simply one’s self expression on the wrist, which is why the company opted for a more fashionable approach to Android Wear. With the round design, Motorola has been able to place a larger display on the user, allowing for more information to be seen at any given time.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: How Much Would You Pay for the Moto 360?

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.

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The Moto 360 is the Only Android Wear Device I Want

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…)

Hands-on With the Moto 360 Smartwatch

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…)

Motorola Gives 2-minute Official “Sneak Peek” of Moto 360

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…)

I/O Poll: Buying the G Watch or Gear Live?

The first Android Wear watches are now available, so what do you think – are you buying one? As of today, you can pre-order the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live and have them at your front door within a couple of weeks. Or are you holding out for the Moto 360, which Google would only continue to confirm is “coming this summer”? Or are you not interested at all?

It’s time for some I/O-related polls. First up – are you buying either the G Watch or Gear Live?

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