Moto 360 Sport Review: A Smartwatch Fitness Tracking Hybrid

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Software: Android Wear User Experience

Our test unit shipped with Android Wear 1.3, which is the same version we tested in the second-generation Moto 360. In other words, what applied there also applies here. The overall polish of the OS could use some work, and we still experienced bouts of lag and stuttering every now and again. That said, Moto Body and Moto Body Running are nice inclusions, and even third-party apps such as RunKeeper and Strava take on new life with the inbuilt GPS module. The default watch face also does a solid job of highlighting your ongoing fitness metrics at a glance, and there's a "Start" button right on the front face that enables you to jump right into a workout.

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The newest version of Android Wear was just announced, and should be pushed down to the Moto 360 Sport soon. That iteration is built upon Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), and includes the ability to send messages with your smartwatch using just your voice. A number of messaging services are supported including WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and of course Google Hangouts. To send a message, you could for example say, “OK Google, send a Google Hangouts message to Paul: Hey man, answer your phone!”

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You can also navigate through the Android Wear UI using some new gestures that Google has included. You can scroll through cards by rotating your wrist to the left or right, “take action” on a card by holding your arm out in front of you and then quickly pushing down and you can even return to your watch face by extending your arm and shaking your fist around violently like a madman (or madwoman). Of note, the last major Android Wear addition only applies to the Huawei Watch and the ASUS ZenWatch 2, both of which include built-in speakers.

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