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2014-03-18 11_55_08-Moto 360 by Motorola - A Google Company

Almost perfectly timed with Google's Android Wear announcement, Motorola has laid out its new smart watch plans. The Moto 360 is a round smart watch running on Android Wear that you will be able to actually purchase this summer. I know, this seems like the future all of a sudden.

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There aren't a ton of details on how Moto 360 will work – even the video is mostly about the design and reminding you that it's freaking round. According to Motorola, Moto 360 will allow you to see alerts and notifications with a "twist of the wrist." That seems to indicate it will have a screen that is off, but wakes up when you move your wrist in a way that indicates you are looking at it – sort of like the Moto X. It also has "Ok Google" built in.

We don't have anything more than renders and prototypes to go on right now, but this thing looks beautiful so far. Motorola says a variety of styles will be for sale this summer.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Deeco

    I literally just JIZZED!

  • jpelgrom

    Finally smartwatches also start looking like watches (and looking good).

    • abqnm

      SOOOO glad I passed on the Pebble Steel. I almost got one, but I figured I would wait and see what the market brings. And then we get this gorgeous piece of tech.

      Let's just hope they keep this compeititively priced too. I mean if they can sell a whole badass smartphone for less than $200 and still make a profit on it, then this thing should be no more than $149 (depending on what finishes and strap choices you will likely be able to upgrade to with Motomaker).

      • Murat

        No way in hell this is gonna be $150 :P. I doubt it'll be more than $300 though.

        • abqnm

          Oh I doubt it will be $149 also, but given Moto's affordability trend, I can hope, right? It would definitely be a huge seller at that price though.

          • Mur

            Well, the moto x was priced on par with other flagships, so I'm thinking their flagship smartwatch would be priced around $250 (pebble steel, galaxy gear price tag).

          • abqnm

            That is about what I figure it will be. Again, just some wishful thinking. It would be a guaranteed best seller if it were $149 though. Maybe it will start at $199 with a leather band and the metal band will increase the price. I guess we shall wait and see.

          • Mike Reid

            There WILL be cheap ones, just like cheap phones.

            And they'll likely break faster and have no updates or support.

          • abqnm

            Oh I know. I can't wait for the flood of Chinese knock-off Android Wear devices.

            I was still referring to Moto. I doubt they will be $149, but they can sell a whole phone (that is actually really good) for $179, so here is hoping they can make a watch for a good price too.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Your line of thought definitely isn't crazy, they're in a position at the moment where they need to really impress, so I wouldn't be surprised if they price it as low as they can possibly afford in order to try and shake things up.

          • abqnm

            Hopefully they announce price in the Hangout event tomorrow. This was obviously still a Googorola device, so it stands to reason they will price it competitively. Not sure if it will hit $149, but I can't see the cost of components being that tremendously high, so I wouldn't be surprised to see it a fair bit below competitors.

            Or they could just pull a dick move and price it as "premium" since that is the look they are going for. We shall see.

  • Tony Byatt

    This past hour has been unreal...

    So excited...

    • briankariu

      I know! Feels like tech just took a completely different route!!!! Goodbye pebble, goodbye galaxy gear

      • i lost

        What is a galaxy gear?

        • nofearofimaginarymen

          Paperweight?

  • Daire O Connor

    Give me a metal strap version for less than €300 and ill buy one on release day!

  • Good Guy Canada

    This looks gorgeous but coming first to US? Why? Why can't any company go "hey this time we'll make it come first to as many countries as possible! cough *Canada* cough". But seriously, forget the Pebble now. I want this

    • Aooga

      Just drive down :)

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      The reason they always start with one country and spread out is risk. They don't know how well it will be received (Sure, it looks amazing, but if it costs 500 bucks... ).
      By launching in one market, they can then expand to other markets with guesstimates gathered from the initial one. And if it flops, they can adjust based on feedback gathered from that launch.

  • The Maverick

    Damn son!!!!

  • The Maverick

    Damn son!!!!

  • The Maverick

    Damn son!!!!

  • Tomáš Petrík

    ...and will they release it only in the chosen countries again? Like the Moto X and G?

    • http://uid.me/aaqil Aaqil Mahmood

      I was thinking the same, most of products are for USA UK side only.

      Even Moto G haven't reached Pakistan yet

      • Murat

        well, pakistan...is pakistan. :P

      • Ayushman

        If you have friends in India.You can ask them to purchase it and ship it to you.And you will pay the money.
        Moto G and Moto X are available in India and hopefully it will be also after lunch

        • http://uid.me/aaqil Aaqil Mahmood

          They are available in India at different rate then they are launched in US, expensive than US. Also, If I buy from India I will have warranty difficulties.

    • frafri

      its not our fault that you live outside the U.S . if you want to, you can push for immigration reform and we will help you succeed :)

      • Tomáš Petrík

        I did not say it was anybody's fault.
        I just think the companies go against themselves. There are many people in the world willing to buy their products, they just can't.
        I mean, what is the point of limiting something? I understand if they offer a product in let's say 150 countries, the rest are not feasible. But 2 or 3 countries? That's ridiculous.

        • frafri

          chill out man . II was just kidding
          but its harder to push technologies in other countries.
          other countries want the technology when is already developed and 0 bugs. Here in the U.S.A we are willing to risk it all for emerging technologies. I guess

          • Tomáš Petrík

            There are early adopters everywhere :)
            I was pleasantly surprised that the Nexus 5 was released globally on the same day, I ordered one immediately and got it in 3 days.
            Being able to buy a product e.g. 5 months after it has been released is too late for me.

          • frafri

            I am sure there are a lot of them. But maybe not enough? Like google glass. You have to be a U.S Resident. . !! thats a big one.

          • BehelitOutlaw

            The thing is if you live in a country who doesn't get that product you're gonna feel screwed if you really want to own it. After that you'll buy the product from the competition and make him richer ( hum hum Apple/Samsung ) while the company you like who made a better product and deservs your money get fucked deeply at the end of the line. Same thing in the US with phones being bound to carriers for exemple

        • NemaCystX

          Think of it like this, before Moto X became available in other countries, we consumers in the US were basically beta testers for the MotoMaker and Moto X device before it was ready to be launched globally. Now you can probably expect the same for Moto 360. Just be grateful that we work the bugs out for you guys before it reaches you to buy :)

          • Tomáš Petrík

            Yeah, with one little detail - that it never made it here where I live.
            It is available in 3 European countries if I remember correctly. Three! Out of more than 50. And that's just Europe.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    ...and will they release it only in the chosen countries again? Like the Moto X and G?

  • Tomáš Petrík

    ...and will they release it only in the chosen countries again? Like the Moto X and G?

  • Guest

    Damn son!!

  • Guest

    Damn son!!

  • Guest

    Damn son!!

  • dandroid13

    "We like to wear watches because they make us feel good." Really?

  • dandroid13

    "We like to wear watches because they make us feel good." Really?

  • dandroid13

    "We like to wear watches because they make us feel good." Really?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      Yes, if they are gorgeous. Like other jewelry.

      • someone755

        Ryan don't you get all girly on us!

    • Stylus_XL

      I'm not sure what rock you've been living under, but in this day and age watches are mostly worn as a fashion accessory. Do you seriously think people are rushing out to spend $150 on Michael Kors watches purely as a means of telling the time?

      • dandroid13

        Excuse my ignorance, but what is Michael Kors? I mean, the only expensive watch I would consider is a Gear, because of the added functionality, like a camera...

        • Matt

          He's a fashion designer. Watches are largely considered fashion accessories, especially for men, given that other forms of jewelry are often considered gauche. The Moto 360 seems to be the first smartwatch that puts design just as front-and-centre as functionality, which is really what watch lovers have been waiting for. Let's just say that $150 for a watch would be the low, low end of what watch enthusiasts consider paying for a watch, so if Motorola can break into this market it would be a pretty big deal.

        • MdR guy

          People drop 10x the price of any smartwatch daily on watches they think look good... Rolex/Fossil/Etc

          They are not trying to get the most precise watch available, and it tells time just as well as a $10 Casio. They are dropping the money because of how it looks.

          • Roger Siegenthaler

            oh and maybe just the fact that it won't break in 2 days...

            Slight exageration but current watches hold many decades without breaking, many of them have the tech inside them so optimised that you don't need to ever charge them or even move them more then once a week... there's quality in the expensive watches that you won't find in a $10 dollar casio apart from looks.

        • NinoBr0wn

          Pretty well known designer..

      • mustbepbs

        Boy I can't wait until people are all hyped up for their smartnecklaces and smartearrings and smarttoerings.

        People love their snake oil.

    • my95z34

      Damn right. Pretty much why I own my $2000 Movado watch. It's gorgeous and is a conversation starter.

      Not to mention, it looks damn good on me. B-]

      • dandroid13

        $2000? You can't be for real!

        • ddpacino

          You aren't one to appreciate fine, high quality time pieces... clearly. You must not know that there are watches that are in the 6 figures either... maybe 7.

        • supremekizzle

          I like how he has to price drop that it's $2000. Compensating for something much?

          • NemaCystX

            The Peni-Watch. I'd rather spend 6 figures on a car or a house than a small thing like a watch that just tells you the time. Rich Snobs know how to waste money it seems

        • my95z34

          Yep. The Movado Sapphire Collection... It's orgasmic. Edge to edge sapphire crystal, invisible clasp.... It's all just gorgeous.

          http://www.movado.com/movado-collections/sapphire/sapphire-0606307.html

  • supremekizzle

    Why can't Moto make the display always on? At least have active notification like functionality to only use a few pixels as not to kill the battery.

    • abqnm

      If I can simply flick my wrist to turn it on, then I don't see the issue. I tend to wear my watch a little loose anyway so when I go to look at it, I always have to "flick" it back into place, so this would be a very natural way to activate the display.

      Sure it would be nice, but with having Google Now and whatever else running, those milliamps will be much more precious.

      • Josh Rice

        Maybe your phone can be the device listening and it'll wake your watch?

        • abqnm

          Maybe in a few years when every phone has some sort of dedicated low power voice processing chip this may be OK, but most people would not be OK with having their phone awake constantly so it can listen to commands for the watch. Doesn't make sense to kill you phone's battery just to make the watch face always active.

          Plus there is nothing saying for sure that it won't be able to be always active. That is just an inferrence made because of the twist gesture to view notifications.

          Honestly, I would bet Moto will have the watch face always on (or at least the option to do so) using an amoled panel and the twist gesture will just be a quick way to go from the watch face to viewing notifications without having to touch the watch.

      • supremekizzle

        See I have a physically active job in which my hands and arms are moving pretty much all day. It'd be annoying to always activate the thing from just moving around.

        • abqnm

          I am sure it can be disabled. Plus, I believe that the twist gesture will just take you quickly to your notifications. This article only infers that the screen will be always off simply because the gesture exists.

          I believe the watch face will be shown all the time and the gesture will remove the watch face and show notifications. It doesn't make sense to put this much effort into a smart watch that is styled like a traditional watch and even make a point in the promo about the design of the faces if the face is blank all the time. The watch faces pictured are all on black backgrounds which would indicate that the display is likely an amoled panel, which would be able to easily show the watch face with minimal power drain.

    • joeljfischer

      Because usually you're not looking at your watch and it's not on a table (like where active display is useful). If you see a notification come in, and turn your wrist to look at it and it turns on, what's the issue? Why do you need the notification to be there when you can't see it?

  • Deeco

    Ok Google: Make the Moto360 appear on my wrist NOW!!

    • NinoBr0wn

      I think you'd be scared as hell if that actually worked.

      • Dave Newton

        I'd be excited.

      • ddpacino

        For 5 secs.... and the next command would be to match my bank accounts with Bill Gates'. You know, just in case that luck ran out, lol.

    • Joseph Lee

      Like a good neighbor State Farm is here, with my new Moto360!

  • Dani R.

    The design is just outstanding! The guys at Motorola really know what they're doing. I'm expecting I can't go on holiday this year...

  • LogBoosh

    That grey leather (?) band looks stupidly good.

  • George Av

    This is a smartwatch. At first glance you wouldn't know that it isn't just a regular watch.

    • Brandon Miller

      Precisely, and I think this is what a large portion of watch wearers would want in a smartwatch.

      • ddpacino

        THIS.

    • Freak4Dell

      That's the one feature that makes me want this. If it looks like that render with the metal band, I want one. I'm not really interested in a smartwatch, but at least this way, there's a chance I'll try one. I definitely wasn't going to buy one of those toy-like smartwatches that have been made so far.

  • Matt

    When they said it's "iconic" and a "game-changer" in the video, I was a little perturbed. Usually that takes time to determine and definitely doesn't seem like it should be said pre-release. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if that turns out to be true; there's absolutely no smartwatch on the market right now that can compete with this in style, which is pretty key for people who wear watches.

  • sk

    Much sexy. Much want.

    • Peremeser

      Wow

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    This is Awesome.. How much is it will be?

  • Martin

    Love how Motorola watch looks! So classy! Was going back to iPhone but.. But now.. Mehh I won't.. Just gonna buy me LG G3 (maybe) and Motorola Watch and I will be like Mr. Gadget! :=)))

    • Sahil Chaturvedi

      I'm sure they'll make it cross platform.

  • veRdiKt
    • ddpacino

      L-O-L'd!

  • Simon Belmont

    I'm guessing that means it'll only be listening for voice commands when the screen is on with Android Wear? No low-power language core for always-on listening, I guess.

    Given it's a watch, that would probably make sense since battery sizes will be small. Love the design.

  • Joseph Lee

    From the 360 rotation I don't see a charging port which means it probably supports wireless charging, so much win!

  • someone755

    This looks absolutely amazing! I do wish Google chose Moto to make the new smartwatch tho ;-;

  • Jamal Adam

    Wrist, meet Moto 360, your new best friend.

  • Jamal Adam

    Wrist, meet Moto 360, your new best friend.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    It's_beautiful.jpg

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Nice... still don't want anything on my wrist though.

  • asianrage

    Well, hello there sexy.

  • Bariman43

    Sleek, pretty, works on any Android device, pretty much makes Samsung look like they were trying too hard.

  • Druzeljubljiv lik

    #iwantitrightnow

  • KathyJN

    The watch reminds me very much of the Movado Museum watch - the first watch to make it into the Museum of Modern Art - that I've worn since 1972. Black face, no numerals, just hands and a dot at the 12 position. I could easily switch to the Moto360.

  • Nathan

    It's beautiful.

  • Andrew

    This looks awesome. On looks, it blows all smartwatches so far out of the water.. Well done Motorola, but don't make the mistake that Samsung did, make it work with all Android devices :-)

  • Philip Smith

    That's it, they have nailed it. I would never have considered buying one of the current crop of smart watches - this is totally different. A watch that you would want to wear

  • CodeMonkey

    I stopped wearing watches over 20 years ago.

    This might just change that.

  • Greek_Ice

    You had me at Round.

  • Matthew Gardner

    If Moto can get the active notifications and listening from the Moto X on this it could be amazing.

  • Sherkhan

    Moto 360 Smartwatch-- How it works

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPqVEKxgU4U

  • ehTuBrutus

    Why does it have a crown? Can you wind it up? That would be awesome but it would surprise me if thats what it is for.

  • Hamdi Ferchichi

    I knew they ll do it since they had that Motorola Aura

  • Hamdi Ferchichi

    I knew they ll do it since they had that Motorola Aura

  • Hamdi Ferchichi

    I knew they ll do it since they had that Motorola Aura

  • NimeshT

    This is what tech should look like

  • NimeshT

    This is what tech should look like

  • NimeshT

    This is what tech should look like

  • Adrie H

    Let's see the specs/features etc and then come take my money please! I'd be surprised if this is less than 250!

  • Adrie H

    Let's see the specs/features etc and then come take my money please! I'd be surprised if this is less than 250!

  • Adrie H

    My guess is this is full waterproof and has wireless charging

  • aaron cooper

    Now that's a fuggin watch !!!

  • Anfronie

    The BIG question....will this work with most current phones or just Moto ones?!?!?!?

  • whispy_snippet

    Stunning. Stunning. Stunning. Stunning. Stjofnl fsddlks fabk

  • Willie D

    Cant help but think Motorola is gonna screw this one up like Samsung did theirs.

  • Hobie Helbich

    I really hope that for the watchfaces, Moto can use the same AMOLED ingenuity that they did on the Moto X, and only light up the pixels that are needed. Then it will be a sleek black watch face that is kind to the battery.

  • n_a_v

    So Samsung was just trolling us with the Galaxy Gear?

  • Sea Vichet

    Where can I buy it? And how much?

  • black

    I'm doubtful about the battery life on this thing. Otherwise, it's a pretty cool device.

  • http://dpashk.com/ Dmitry Pashkevich

    Too large

  • Watchfreak

    I love my Sony SW2, but can see me moving to the 360.

  • http://www.gunplagamer.com/ GunplaGamer

    I will definitely be keeping my eye on this one :)

  • NBM

    I think it would look better with lugs.
    What I really want is something like the upcoming Sony Smartband (a non-watch) with a sort of bluetooth speakerphone function for accessing Google Now. Basically, I want a smartband that will bring capable touchless controls like Moto devices to my Nexus 5.

    Just having that simple audio functionality, I could set alarms, launch Waze, set reminders, call someone, text by voice (even though the function kinda sucks right now), get weather, get sports scores, track purchases, etc