When Motorola released naught but a launch window and device renders for the Moto 360, the company left everyone scrambling to fill in the blanks through unofficial channels. G For Games claims to have heard rumblings first; according to the publication, the Moto 360 will feature an OLED display protected by sapphire glass and magnetic induction wireless charging.
Although we were unable to independently verify the rumors, they don’t sound outside the realm of possibility. An OLED screen would allow Motorola to implement battery-saving Active Display-style notifications. Sapphire glass would provide the durability the smartwatch form factor necessitates. And, considering the Moto 360 doesn’t have a USB port, wireless charging was probably a given. (more…)
One of the subtle tweaks Motorola added to stock Android for its 2013 flagships was a different Gallery application. This is appreciable, considering stock Android’s implementation isn’t the greatest looking app we’ve seen these days. Motorola has made an effort to fix that with their rendition, with a hamburger style menu and better looking image thumbnails. Today’s update brings an updated design and a couple under-the-hood improvements. (more…)
Motorola hosted a special Hangout this morning, featuring the lead designer behind the Moto 360 smartwatch. The discussion started off rather slow, with most of the time going into the fact that the watch’s face is actually circular; not square as we are used to seeing in this sector of devices. Once we got past that point, we got into the viewer-submitted questions, concerning pricing, battery life, functionality, and more important topics. (more…)
Shortly after Motorola announced its new Moto 360 smartwatch, the (for now) Google-owned company told us to mark our calendars for a Google+ Hangout with the watch’s lead designer, Jim Wicks. Wicks plans to talk only design and style features, most of which we know from yesterday’s promo video and a couple of interviews that have spread around this morning. In other words, this won’t be about price, specs, or software features – you know, the important stuff.
The Hangout should be live any minute, though they seem to be having issue getting it up and live. Here is the event page.
We’ll update this post, hopefully with an embedded stream as soon as we have it. In the mean time, re-watch yesterday’s introduction video and drool. (more…)
The Android 4.4.2 update for the AT&T Moto X has been approved by all parties and should begin to rollout as build 165.44.1. A soak test for the update was scheduled to begin last week, so we’ll just assume that went well.
Motorola posted up the changelog for the update this afternoon, showing an identical update to the other carrier variants of the Moto X, in that it brought cloud printing, better battery life, and fixed an email sync issue. Well, there was one difference – the AT&T model “fixed a bug that caused data connectivity issues for AT&T Moto X users while traveling outside the US.” (more…)
Tomorrow morning, Motorola will host a Google Hangout at 11am PST featuring Jim Wicks, the company’s lead designer of the Moto 360 smartwatch. During the Hangout, preselected questions will be answered specifically regarding the smartwatch’s design/style, and not actual operation of the device. (more…)
Motorola just announced what can only be described as the most gorgeous smartwatch to date, the Moto 360. If you ask me, the rest can all be thrown out – Moto has won me over. They gave us a watch that looks like a classic timepiece, yet is smart and runs Android. It’s not some completely off-track take on the future. It’s not trying to be edgy or trendy or a reinvention. It reminds me of a timepiece I would actually purchase, smart features aside.
Now, there are still plenty of things that could ruin it, like lousy battery life or a crazy steep price tag. For now, though, I’m on-board.
And with that, I’ve found myself staring at the 360-degree images that Motorola posted, plus the official press renders. This thing really is beautiful. So, because I’d imagine a few of you might like to watch these watches go round-and-round, we have included them in GIF formats below.
With Google’s announcement of the Android Wear platform for smartwatches this morning, we can see that Google’s vision for what a smartwatch should be is exciting to many of you.
Two companies have already unveiled their plans for bringing Android Wear to the market – the Moto 360 from Motorola and the G Watch from LG. Other companies including HTC, Samsung, and even Fossil have announced partnerships with Google to bring Android Wear to the market.
With that being said, it’s time for us to gauge who among us plans on dropping cash as soon as they hit the market. As for when that will be, LG states that the G Watch should launch in Q2 of this year, and Motorola states the Moto 360 will be available “this summer.”
Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.