Moto 360 Smartwatch Rises From The Ashes Powered By Wear OS

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Motorola made a huge splash onto the smartwatch scene with its striking first-generation Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear. Motorola followed it up with a second-generation design with even more customizations, and then the smartwatch simply fizzled out.

Well, the Moto 360 is back, baby; but it's not being produced by Lenovo/Motorola. Instead, the device's name and design has been licensed by a company called eBuyNow. Motorola has even given its blessing to emblazon its logo on one of the side buttons. The casing is made of stainless steel (in natural, rose gold, and sand-blasted phantom black finishes) and still has the classic 1.2-inch circular OLED display (390x390, 327 ppi), which stands in stark contrast to the rectangular display found on the competing Apple Watch.

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The new Moto 360 is rocking updated internals, including Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The smartwatch is promised to last up to a day per charge, but a Battery Saver Mode can be switched on which will allow the Moto 360 to only display the time for up to three days.

Included inside the smartwatch is an integrated 355 mAh battery that can go from empty to a 100 percent charge in just 60 minutes with the included fast charger. Other features include water resistance to 3 ATM, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 4 support, and compatibility with both Android (5.0 and higher) and iOS (10.0 and higher). And the smartwatch is of course running the latest version of Google's Wear OS.

While it's nice to see the Moto 360 back in action, it remains to be seen how successful it will be under the stewardship of eBuyNow. After all, it's going to take more than dashing good looks to topple the dominant leader in this category: the Apple Watch. Apple has long been the sales leader, and is looking to lap the field with its newly launched Apple Watch Series 5.