Not too long ago, Google announced Android Wear, an operating system designed for wearable devices, with the initial push going towards smartwatches. Google also announced many OEMs are on board and will launch the smartwatches powered by Android Wear, including LG, Motorola, HTC and many more.
If you don’t remember, Motorola, a company that’s about to be acquired by Lenovo, dropped tidbits of information about launching a smartwatch back in Barcelona last month at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Now, the company has announced its upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360, the most beautiful and elegant smartwatch we’ve seen to date.
The Moto 360 is actually how smartwatches should have been when it comes to design. It comes with a traditional round face and is made with “premium materials” which will feel comfortable in hand, according to Motorola, and doesn’t look like all the gigantic smartwatches that are already available in the market. Pebble Steel might be an exception in my opinion, but the design of the Moto 360 is still way better. The smartwatch will be available with leather and metal straps (shown above) with analog watch faces and much more. Additionally, it will also offer users with more customization options such as interchangeable bands.
The smartwatch will be powered by Android Wear, which mostly relies on the Google Now technology, and responds to users voice. All the user has to do is say the magic words, “OK Googe” and ask any question they would like, get reminders, schedule appointments, send a text, make call, take notes and much more. As far as the connection with Android devices is concerned, it should be able to connect with most Android devices running Android 4.3 or higher.
3. Secret Charging Method
There’s no word about the secret charging method of the smartwatch. It could be Qi wireless charging, but it will not be charged via USB due to the unavailability of visible ports, but the company mentioned its a major priority for them. For those of you who are wondering about the camera, well, there’s no camera on the smartwatch because Motorola feels its not required.
4. Release Date
There’s no exact launch date given by Motorola about the launch of this beautiful smartwatch, except that it will launch globally in “summer 2014.” Unfortunately, it will start with the US with more regions to follow later.
As for the price, there’s no word about it, but we aren’t expecting it to be cheap. Motorola did mention that it will use premium materials for the watch, and thus, you should be prepared to see a hefty price tag for the watch.
That’s all we know about the smartwatch at the moment, but we’re hoping more details will emerge in the coming weeks.