Does the Moto 360 Really Have Dramatically Better Battery Life Now? Yes.

On Monday morning, Moto 360 owners couldn’t help but take to the internet to talk about the “dramatic” increases they were now seeing with their smartwatches thanks to an update that rolled out to the masses on Friday. Even Tim pinged me that morning to mention that the 360 was a “bossy little watch now” because of the battery life he had witnessed over the weekend. After posting about the potentially amazing news, our comments filled up with others who were experiencing similarly extended single-life charges. Some were even considering switching Ambient Mode back on. Seriously.  (more…)

Moto 360 in Both Black or Stone In-Stock Through Motorola’s Store

The Moto 360 is back in-stock through Motorola’s store in either black or stone. We don’t know for how long (limited quantities available again), so if you are at all interested, act fast.

As a reminder, the latest update appears to dramatically increase battery life, in case that was one of your concerns. We will have more to report on that tomorrow, but after a full day of testing, we would tend to agree that it does help.

Our Moto 360 review is also available should you need further convincing.  (more…)

Moto 360 Update Said to “Dramatically” Increase Battery Life

Last week, Motorola began rolling out a software update to the Moto 360 as build 1.0.1.1448224, an update that was officially listed as nothing more than a Bluetooth connectivity fixer and bug squasher. But now that the update has been on devices in the wild for a full weekend, are we starting to learn that this may have been much more than just a connectivity improver and bug blaster? It could be a battery saver or optimizer too. Maybe better put, this could be a reason to consider buying one if you had concerns previously about battery life.  (more…)

Motorola Just Randomly Released the Moto 360 in “Stone” at Best Buy (Updated)

Motorola released its smartwatch, the Moto 360, on September 5 in two colors:  black on black and silver with a special launch edition, grey suede. Today, a new option has arrived with little mention from the Chicago-based company. If you cruise through the Best Buy link below, you will see that “Stone Leather” is now a choice. In even better news, this model is in stock for purchase.

Having trouble trying to figure out how those colors could be different? Take a look at the images below. We put the “Stone” option on the left, “Gray” on the right. It appears to be a slightly lighter color of grey.

“Stone” is available for $249.99, just like the black and silver models.  (more…)

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…)