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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,... Read more...
Motorola righted many of the wrong of the first-generation Moto 360 with the second-generation model, which was launched in late 2015. However, some still weren’t happy with the $349 staring price tag for the non-Sport model. Then there was still the fact that the “flat tire” display remained even after the first-generation model was heavily criticized for the design choice (read the HotHardware review here). Well, if the price was the only thing holding you back from purchasing a Moto 360, Verizon hopes to erase that doubt. The nation’s largest wireless carrier is discounting the smartwatch from $349.99 to just $199.99, representing a 42 percent reduction. The price is also at least $100 less... Read more...
Motorola’s original Moto 360 was the headlining hardware for the launch of Android Wear 1.0 in the summer of 2014. The smartwatch garnered praise for its sleek, circular design, but was widely panned for sluggish performance and poor battery life. Motorola improved on the original with a second-generation Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport in 2015, but it may be a while before we see a third generation of Android Wear smartwatches from Lenovo Moto. Google’s Android Wear 2.0 platform is scheduled to debut during the first half of 2017, but Lenovo Moto will sit this one out says Shakil Barkat, Moto’s head of global product development. According to Barkat, Lenovo doesn’t “see enough pull in the market... Read more...
There’s a substantial update to the Android Wear platform arriving this fall from Google, and those with existing smartwatches are eagerly awaiting its release. Android Wear 2.0 was announced last month at Google I/O (it's currently available in beta form on the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE and the Huawei Watch), bringing a number of cool features to the wearable operating system. However, if you’re an owner of the first generation Motorola Moto 360 or LG G Watch, you’re being left out of the loop. Both companies have confirmed that neither smartwatch will receive the update, even though both have “only” been on the market for two years. It shouldn’t be too surprising that the Moto 360 is... Read more...
If three's company, we'd say Motorola has gone and made a full-on family out of its Moto 360 smartwatch. Hot on the heels of its second-generation Moto 360 comes the Moto 360 Sport, an Android Wear timepiece designed to compete not with TAG or Sony or Samsung, but with FitBit, Polar, Garmin, and TomTom. The ruggedized or sports smartwatch field is an interesting one. The target market isn't your typical smartwatch buyer. Instead, it's the fitness tracker buyer that a company hopes to upsell to.   At $300, the Moto 360 Sport isn't exactly cheap. It's a full $50 cheaper than the Apple Watch Sport but it's $100+ more than a lot of the fitness trackers it's competing with. Now that the... Read more...
Technology moves quickly, but when it comes to smartwatches, things seem to be moving more rapidly than usual. We published our Moto 360 review early last year and here we are merely half a year later testing the second generation of that device. In many ways, the original Moto 360 felt like the hero device for Android Wear. Google still hasn't created a watch of its own, nor has it partnered with a manufacturer to ship a "Nexus" branded Android Wear device. So, the Moto 360 continues to carry the torch. But much has changed since the 360 was ushered onto the scene. LG, Huawei, and Samsung have all shipped at least one smartwatch, and the round face -- which was the original Moto 360's unique... Read more...
Motorola made quite a splash with its first generation Moto 360 smartwatch. It was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to hit the market, and because of its round display, became the immediate flag bearer for the wearable platform. Early sales numbers confirmed its popularity with buyers. Now, however, as new competition has entered the fray — including entries from Apple with the Apple Watch and Samsung with the Gear S2 — Motorola is ready to deliver a second generation smartwatch that solves most of the complaints of the previous generation model.And of course we just happend to be on location at their New York press event yesterday, to get some quality hands-on time with Moto's new... Read more...
And just like that, Google has changed the smartwatch marketplace, hopefully for the better. Last week, we brought you the interesting news that the Amazon product listing for the Huawei Watch mentioned support for Apple devices running iOS 8.2 or above. Now we had previously heard rumors about support for Android Wear devices coming to iPhones in the past, but they were just that: rumors. And the iOS 8.2 bullet point could have just as easily been an typing entry error, as it’s something that often happens when product listings are created for sites like Amazon. However, as we have learned this morning, this was no mistake. Apple’s iPhone will now support Android Wear smartwatches thanks to... Read more...
When it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch is the 800-lb gorilla in the room. Sure, there are excellent smartwatches from competing platforms like the Android Wear-based Motorola Moto 360 and the Tizen-based Samsung Gear S2, but they all eventually get compared to the Apple Watch. It should come as no surprise that the Swiss watch industry feels bit threatened by the smartwatch phenomena, and much of the vitriol has been aimed at the Apple Watch. The latest to take aim at the Apple Watch is Nick Hayek, CEO of the the Swiss watch giant Swatch. In speaking with Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, with the comments translated by The Guardian, Hayek railed against the Apple Watch, stating that it’s... Read more...
Keep those smartphone cameras ready because you never know what you'll encounter when out and about. Lucky for us, smartphones are fairly ubiquitous these days, making it possible for two different people to take snapshots of what appear to be Motorola's second generation Moto 360 smartwatch out in the wild. One of the photos was taken by a Reddit user (ThatGuyWhoRuinedIt) near a convenience store in Chicago, the city where Motorola's U.S. headquarters exists. Unfortunately he was late for a meeting when he spotted the wearable, so he didn't have time to approach the person and ask questions about the smartwatch. Image Source: Reddit user "ThatGuyWhoRuinedIt" The other person to apparently spot... Read more...
It looks as though we may be inching even closer to a reveal date for Motorola’s second generation Moto 360 smartwatch. The first generation model took the Android Wear market by storm with its eye-catching round display and quickly went on to become a best-seller. Motorola is looking for another hit, but does it have the right recipe for success this time around? Motorola at least looks to be taking an approach championed by Apple with Apple Watch: two different sizes. Apple quickly identified that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t always work when it comes to smartwatches, and that men and women often have different tastes when it comes to the sizes of the wearables. Not to mention that... Read more...
Will they or won’t they continue on with the 'flat tire' display? That’s been the big question surrounding Motorola’s next generation Moto 360 smartwatch. Today, we finally learn the answer to the question, and unfortunately, it looks as though Motorola still hasn’t clear to incorporate a completely circular display like LG, Huawei and now Samsung into a smartwatch. In an incredibly short video posted to Motorola’s official Twitter account (the tweet has since been taken down), we see a fleeting glimpse of the next generation Moto 360. As you can clearly see, there is still a cutout at the bottom of the display, which houses an ambient light sensor in the current generation Moto 360. Keen eyes... Read more...
Motorola has something big planned for July 28th. It’s expected that the company, now under the wing of Lenovo, will launch a third generation Moto X, the third generation Moto G, and the second generation Moto 360 smartwatch. Unfortunately for Motorola, at least one of its upcoming stars, the Moto G, has been leaking a bit over the past few weeks. The Moto G sprung another leak today as Swiss retailer Digitec claims to have secured renders and specifications for for Motorola’s next mid-range smartphone. For starters, the renders lineup up perfect with what we seen in previous leaks, and shows a device that isn’t too far removed from the second generation model stylistically. However, Motorola... Read more...
Grab yourself a Sharpie, pop the cap off, and circle July 28 on your calendar. Oh, and don't forget to set your alarm if you're the type that likes to sleep in. At 9 AM Eastern (a bright and early 6 AM Pacific), Motorola will host a livestream event in which it will likely announce a new Moto 360 smartwatch, and possibly new Moto X and Moto G smartphones as well.How do we know this? Motorola has been sending members of the press an invitation to the livestream event with the tagline, "You relationship status is about to change." The invitation also contains a link to a HelloMoto landing page that further plays up the relationship angle."Yes. We're in a relationship with our phone," Motorola states.... Read more...
While it’s not quite the smoking deal from early last month (a deal which in hindsight was a price mistake), Best Buy is currently trimming $100 from all models of the Motorola Moto 360. The attractive Moto 360 is by far the best-selling Android Wear smartwatch on the market and recently received an update that adds Wi-Fi capabilities, among other things. The $100 discount means that the stainless steel/leather band, stainless steel/stainless steel band, and gold/gold band Moto 360 smartwatches can be had for $149.99, $199.99, and $229.99, respectively. We should also note that Amazon has also matched Best Buy’s pricing on many Moto 360 variants and has even knocked off an additional $30 from... Read more...
If you’re at all interested in the wearables, things are really starting to get interesting as Apple has entered the fray with the Apple Watch and numerous vendors in the Android Wear camp release compelling designs to eager tech geeks. The wearables market is about to get even more competitive thank to a new software announcement by Google, which will bring perhaps the biggest single update to date for the Android Wear platform. The biggest update, at least to my eyes, is the addition of Wi-Fi support. Like previous feature updates which added GPS and offline music support, Wi-Fi support will allow you to maintain a useable device without the short Bluetooth leash to your smartphone. The update... Read more...
As much as we'd like to believe that companies care about consumers in a way that would prompt them to issue price cuts for no other reason than to say, 'Hey, you rock, Joe Consumer!', that isn't how the business world works. If there's a price cut, it's usually because (A) a product isn't selling, or (B) a vendor is looking to clear inventory. Which is the case with the Moto 360?Good question. If you head over to the Google Store, you'll find that the Moto 360 is now selling for just $165 with free shipping, down from its regular price of $249.99. Google's price cut follows that of both Best Buy and Amazon, which reduced the Moto 360 to $179.99 and $179, respectively, last week. On Best Buy's... Read more...
An already smoking hot deal just got even better (and will probably have people who bought a Motorola Moto 360 within the past three or four days bang their heads against the wall). On Friday, we brought you the news that both Amazon and Best Buy have slashed the price of the Moto 360 from $249.99 to an unbelievable $179.99. However, Best Buy is concurrently running another promotion that gives you $100 off a Motorola 360 if you purchase ANY Android smartphone. What makes this deal even more remarkable is that this second promotion is even applicable to prepaid Android smartphones. So you can purchase a Moto 360 for $179.99 and toss in a prepaid T-Mobile ZTE Zinger for $39.99. When both items... Read more...
If you’re having Apple Watch fatigue (pre-orders just opened up early this morning), you’ll be glad to know that there great news coming from the Android Wear camp today. Those looking to score a deal on the hottest-selling Android Wear smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360, can do so right now via Best Buy and Amazon. Both retailers are selling the smartwatch for $179, which is a significant discount from the normal selling price of $249. The $179 price is for models of the Moto 360 equipped with a leather band. If you prefer a metal band, it will cost you $219 at Best Buy and Amazon. We have no idea how long these sale prices will last, but if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a Moto 360... Read more...
Not long ago, the battle for consumer dollars occurred on a field littered with ultralight notebooks. A few years later, that transitioned to smartphones and tablets. Today, the next major tussle is occurring on one’s wrist, in the red-hot "wearables" market in general. Motorola’s Moto 360 made waves by being the first major smartwatch to actually look like a watch - a real timepiece, not just a gadget. Most of its primary rivals are more akin to something Dick Tracy would wear, but Moto zigged when everyone else zagged. Instead of selling a computer with a band, the 360 is a timepiece that just so happens to run Android Wear. Despite being on the market for a few months now, the Moto 360 is... Read more...
Will they or won’t they? The jury is out on whether Motorola’s next generation Moto 360 smartwatch will have a fully circular display, and the latest leaked render isn’t adding any more clarification to what the final product will look like. A new render that was posted to the Chinese site Weibo supposedly shows yet another prototype revision of the second generation Moto 360, this time with a slimmer case design and a display that is now a complete circle. If this is in fact how the final product will look, it would solve one of the most criticized design features of the original Moto 360 — the crescent-shaped cutout at the bottom of the device’s display. Is this the next generation Moto 360?The... Read more...
When the Android Wear platform was unveiled last year, the star of the show was undoubtedly the Motorola Moto 360. With its stainless steel body and round display, the smartwatch looked futuristic while retaining styling that was somewhat familiar to traditional timepieces. However, it’s been a year since the original Moto 360 was unveiled and there have been a number of round-faced Android Wear devices that have either hit the market or will in the coming months. LG has both the G Watch R and the Watch Urbane, while Huawei came completely out of left field with its “Watch.” Motorola, of course, isn’t sitting still and the company is looking to push ahead with a second generation Moto 360. And... Read more...
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