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.
Hot on the heels of Google’s release of the Android Wear preview SDK, Motorola has announced a smartwatch powered by Android’s UI for wearables dubbed the Moto 360.
The device’s hardware evokes a classic timepiece, with a premium metal body and a visually stunning round display. On the software front, the Moto 360 will feature the standard array of Google Now elements – like “Ok Google” voice commands and contextual cards – central to Android Wear, in addition to a wrist-twisting gesture which will allow you to quickly view e-mail, call, and appointment notifications.
Pricing and release details on the device are scarce, but Motorola is aiming for a Summer 2014 launch window. For those interested in the Moto 360 (and who isn’t?), head on over to Motorola’s website to sign up for more info. (more…)
Motorola confirmed back in November that it would bring a Kit Kat (Android 4.4) update to the DROID RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR M, but we’re four months removed from that announcement and haven’t seen any movement towards new software pushing. Or did we just get exactly what we needed to see? Select members of Motorola’s Feedback Network (MFN) received invites within the last 24 hours to “test drive” something. (more…)
Remember Republic Wireless? The no-contract MVNO that features ‘Hybrid Calling’ technology that uses a mix-up of WiFi and cell signal designed to keep your minutes and bill low. Last November, the carrier announced that the Moto X would be coming to their network and today the Moto G joins it as well. (more…)
The Toast wood cover company in Portland, OR is hard at work, trying to make more cases available for a variety of different devices. The newest case to be made is available is for the Moto G, which is actually Motorola’s most successful device of all time according to the Illinois-based manufacturer. Toast wood covers are 100% made in the United States, with a very small portion of materials (Ebony and Bamboo wood) coming from overseas.
The cases start out at just $25, with four different wood options to choose from – Walnut, Ash, Bamboo, and Ebony. Front wood covers are also sold separately for an additional $10. Buyers can choose to have custom text added to their design, priced at $5. (more…)
Motorola updated their Touchless Control app this evening to include a feature that allows you to ask your phone “What’s up?” in order to hear what your current notification situation is like. By asking “Ok, Google Now, what’s up?” your phone will read the time followed by notifications back to you, letting you decide if any are important enough to act upon. You can see the new feature in action through the video below.
The update also enhanced end-of-speech detection to improve accuracy and fixed bugs.
The update is live right now on Google Play, so if you own a Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, or Mini, be sure to download it. (more…)
One of the worst parts of buying a new phone is moving all of your data from your old phone to your new phone. There are solutions out there to accomplish this task, but not all are great. Motorola tried to fix that with their 2013 flagships by unveiling the Motorola Migrate app, which allows users to bring content from their old devices onto their shiny new phone. Now we have a new update to the app, allowing you to selectively pick content to transfer, automatically import SIM card contacts to a Google account, and more. (more…)
Last week, Motorola held a 30 minute event in Barcelona at MWC, where three Moto executives sat down and answered questions about the company’s future, success, and acquisition by Lenovo. The event was not streamed for the masses, so we know there are plenty of people who have no idea what exactly the execs talked about. (more…)