Earlier, May 22, 2014, 4:35 AM: Android Wear is a new OS for smart watches, just announced from Google. As soon as this was announced, one of the early partners for this was Motorola, the company that introduced the Moto 360 smart watch. Interesting device already, this smart watch is said to be doing a lot of stuff, thanks to the Android wear OS. The video from Motorola would explain most of the stuff for you.
According to the leaked documents, the Moto 360 is going to be available for the price of $249, which is a brilliant price, given that the smartwatch would come with a full-fledged Android Wear OS.
The Moto 360 provides you with most of the information which you wanted to know at the right time, becoming your personal assistant, listening to your commands and setting up stuff for you. The Moto 360 comes with subtle alerts and notifications, and Motorola is selling it as a premium, fashion-first advice that uses high-end materials in its construction.
Motorola has been a brand now known for the best design as well as excellent hardware and software inclusions for its devices after the Moto X & Moto G came into the market with some awesome response. So, the entry into the wearable category won’t be bad at all for it, when there is no much fierce competition, and Motorola being one of the early partners for the Android Wear OS.
Dickon Isaacs, the Wearables design head at Motorola did give a perfect design for the introductory piece, with a round shape and the different strap options, making it look totally premium.
Just like the other smart watches in the current wearable world are doing, the Moto 360 is going to present you with all the notifications and the live updates from the friends on social networks. And it makes getting things done easier than it is already with a smart watch. The functionality is made better with the “Ok Google” feature, which would make the Moto 360 listen to your commands and do a lot, such as setting appointments and alarms, getting flight tickets and even checking live scores and news.
The technology ahead is awesome, and Google is going to play a huge role in it – with the Android Wear, and the partners such as Motorola, LG are the perfect ones to take it ahead.
Earlier, August 18, 2014, 10:55 AM: Looks like Moto 360 got an early solid leak ahead of its possible launch on September 4 event in Chicago. The much awaited Android Wear smartwatch have received various rumored pricing and features detail, but till now there was not concrete prove of those details.
But Best Buy may have gone further and have confirmed some earlier leaks as well as listed every single detail about this highly awaited wearable tech. According to a listing on the retailer’s website for the Moto 360, wearable fans might have to shell out $249 in comparison to the some leaks which also stated that Motorola’s wearable might costs as much as $400. Although, it seems like the device is going to be priced at $249, which is relatively an affordable amount.
Moto 360 Leaked on Best Buy Coming to the specifications, the device is listed with a 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 290 pixels, 205 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Previously, it was learnt that Moto 360 will be coming with IP67 rating, a wireless charger, and 2.5 day battery life. Now matching with the Best Buy’s listing, which does not mention the Qi wireless charging. Though, most of the specifications like heart rate monitor sensor and the water resistance up to 3.3 feet are easily confirmed.
The dimensions of the smarwatch are 1.8×1.8×0.4-inches as the device will be a combination of stainless steel and plastic, just as it was rumored. Other notable features include, a 512MB of RAM, a Texas instruments chipset, as the wearable tech will be compatible with the Android 4.3 above smartphones.
As soon as the Best Buy found out about the leak, they have pulled out the Moto 360 listing from their website.
Earlier, September 5, 2014, 12:00 PM: Motorola has finally unveiled the official pricing, which would be as predicted $249, it is available to purchase starting today only. All the leaked specs are same; the new wearable tech from Motorola comes with a 1.56-inch 320 x 290, 205ppi, Backlit LCD, and also features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is Ip67 rated, which means it is water resistance.
Moto 360 is powered by the Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor and packs a 512MB of RAM with the Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity features. The device also boasts a heart rate monitor and comes with a 320mAh battery, which can be charged via Wireless Charging dock.
Update, September 18, 2014, 10:30 AM: Looks like Mot0 360 admirers in India won’t have to wait much longer to get this beautifully designed watch. As a leading e-commerce retailer in the country has listed the Android Wear powered smartwatch on their site. After, releasing the Second Generation Moto G in India via Flipkart, Motorola is planning to start the sale of Moto 360 in India.
Currently, there are two Android Wear smartwatches (LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live) present in the country, both were launched in July this year after they were announced in Google I/O 2014 event in June. There is no word of pricing or exact release date of Moto 360, though; it is sure that the watch will be praised by wearable enthusiasts in the country.
Update, September 30, 2014, 11:00 AM: All the Moto 360 owners were not happy when they find out that the Android Wear powered smartwatch is not giving even a day’s charge, as it becomes inconvenient for users to charge it in the middle of the day when they are travelling.
But looks like the Moto 360 users don’t need to worry about that anymore. The Chicago-based manufacturer has rolled out a new update over-the-air, improving many things like Bluetooth performance, new charging notifications, as well as some bug fixes. Though, the most interesting update that company didn’t officially mentioned was the improvement in the battery life of their Smartwatch. After upgrading to the new software update, users around the world are posting about the massive improvement in the battery life of the device. And particularly one user on Reddit had an interesting observation about the Moto 360 Smartwatch.
With the new update, my watch has been off the charger for 30 hours, and I still have 53% left. This is nuts. I’m going to turn the ambient mode on after my next recharge to see how that fairs. Moto must have made a deal with our Lord Cthulhu on this software update.
Motorola has not made any official statement about this improvement in battery life. But it might do it soon.