Didn't make it to Google I/O? Well, Motorola wants you to get a closer look at the Moto 360 smart watch anyway. In a two minute video demo, we get to see a few watch faces, notifications, and more.

Of particular interest in this video is the way the display works. When not in use, the Moto 360 display appears to be on, but very dim. So you'd be able to look at your wrist and see the time without touching it. To wake the display, simply press the button on the side or tap the screen. It's not clear from the video if the display will be completely off when you arm is at your side, but that has been the belief recently.

The Moto 360 will come with a selection of round watch faces, and the company plans to roll out more after release. That Face-Off contest winner may be among them. The rest of the Moto 360 experience is what we expect from Android Wear. There are cards, notifications, and voice commands. Neat stuff. You can still cancel your G Watch and Gear Live preorders, you know.

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.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • fnquaso

    I thought the screen would go on automatically if you move your arm to 'see the time'. Like the Moto X with Active Display. This is a bummer.

    • mike

      that's a lot of moving your arms to be accurate.. unless you never moved, i could see how it would be practical

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

      Yeah, but that seems like it would then go on & off all the time, depending on what you're doing. Perhaps the battery can't handle that.

      • mustbepbs

        God forbid you want to use your watch as a watch. Gotta get good battery life!

        • George Millhouse

          get a watch

        • sweenish

          The screen is always on. It just dims. You can still read it.

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

            If that is indeed the case - awesome!

      • fnquaso

        I realize that, but I guess it was wishful thinking that Motorola would be able to pull it off. Or maybe it's an Android Wear limitation in general.

      • Guillermo Herrera

        Not necessarily, the Pebble watch has a feature where you can shake your wrist to light up the screen, but it doesn't go off constantly. It depends on how sensitive the watch is set to respond to movements

        • mgamerz

          I suggest turning that feature off on your pebble if you go biking... battery dies in less than a day lol

          • Lars Jeppesen

            Precisely! Or running! Oh my god it kills the battery

        • Lars Jeppesen

          I had to turn that feature off on my Pepple.. it was going off all the time and killing the battery.

          Seriously, touching your watch is much better than flicking your arm and doing crazy movements that 1) will fire at unwanted situations, and 2) will kill battery because of the detection algorithm..

          Im fine with touching the watch. Just give let me buy that damn watch, Moto! por favor

  • Jephri

    Oh so pretty. I want to see one on a normal mans sized wrist though. It looks big in the video here and in the pictures yesterday, but they have been on two skinny girls wrist and the hairy armed guy who only filled half his sleeve.

    • Brandon Miller

      It does look big but I actually don't think it looks horrible on her. Again, definitely as hefty a watch as you'll probably see on a thin woman's wrist. I guess I'm saying that when I first watched this video I wasn't saying, "Wow, that is very unattractive on her."

  • sergejsbabikovs

    Ok, the I/O was amazing and with all those new features and wearables... man... But the real deal here is just how much INTERNATIONAL all this affair is?

    • KingRando

      American company

      • mlj11

        Lenovo isn't American.

        • efstajas

          and motorola isn't lenovo

          • _artem_

            And USA isn't America

          • Ee

            And potato isn't tomato.

          • _artem_

            And Tom isn't pot but ato is ato

        • KingRando

          I was referring to Google, which develops Android, which runs on the Moto 360.

  • fnquaso

    "Of particular interest in this video is the way the display works. When not in use, the Moto 360 display appears to be on, but very dim."

    Doesn't seem to be the case at around 1:43? Or is it just unfortunate lighting? I really wish they'd give more details.

    • Chris

      If it was always on I am sure they would not be hiding it.

  • Tijmen

    It's so pretty!

  • Eduardo Mateos


    But not very useful, IMHO

    • Chris X

      Yeah, definitely sexy. I'm amazed at how bright the screen is. Notifications almost look photoshopped its so bright.

      Also agree that I'm not sure about the usefulness. I almost get the feeling that the tech community is rushing to create a solution to either 1) a problem that doesn't exist or 2) a problem that has yet to be properly defined. What's the elevator speech for a smart watch? It's easy for a smart phone and a tablet (even pre-iPad, with Kindles), but much harder here.

      • Eduardo Mateos

        It's not even a smart watch. It's a dumb watch, without the phone is completely useless.

        I think we need an even larger Google Now to think a watch is useful.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Is that any different than any of the other smart watches? On top of that, are you ever without your phone?

        • Chris X

          I don't mind the Google Now stuff. And, I don't even mind the need to be paired with a phone for most things.

          Where I sort of think the segment needs to be is:

          1) Provide notifications, like we've seen
          2) Provide some basic voice integration, like we've seen
          3) Provide the functionality of fitness bands (steps, etc) AND Garmin fitness watches (GPS)
          4) Adding to that, add the ability to upload music to the watch, then pair it with wireless headphones so that I can leave my phone at home while I go for a run
          5) Look great, even if it is sportier, and provide an always on normal watch face.

          That's where I think the segment needs to get to in order to sell this thing as a replacement for a watch, fitness band and fitness watch.

    • James Sully

      I'd buy it solely to change my music without pulling my phone out of my pocket.

  • Cody Revels

    This seems like another awesome thing I won't buy, but I'm really interested in the Android L Build.....when are they gonna release that? LOL

  • Saša Drmić

    And how does calling work?

    • Nick Yarosz

      From your connected 4.3 phone.

  • Steve McClanahan

    I couldn't keep my eyes on the Watch with that unsightly mole on her arm looking at me. It was like a 6 toed person with sandals on.

    • BigTimmay

      What are you, 10?

      • http://byazrov.ru/ ℉0t°oG®@Ф

        He watch Austin Powers series )))

      • Steve McClanahan

        Are you 7 and in a wheelchair?

    • Ian Atkinson

      Girls must love you!

    • Jephri

      Don't like moles eh?

      • iKrontologist

        That mole is actually cute compared to the ones we around around my area! ......I mean OMG are they ever ugly!

    • ProductFRED
    • MeCampbell30

      Serious step down from all those supermodels you hang out with. Am I right?

      • Steve McClanahan

        No just think that mole had it own conscience and was self aware. I'm guessing you have a mole huh?

        • MeCampbell30

          I'm pretty sure every human on earth has a mole.

    • iKrontologist

      Watch the video of this girl doing the presentation on YouTube. I think you'd change your mind. Remember it's a closeup and close up of feet and hands all look pretty ugly unless they are hands or feet model. Some those can have a really ugly face this girl doesn't!

  • valapsp

    What is that little meniscus at the bottom of the screen?

    • ddpacino

      Down there display connectors that's usually hidden by bezels on most devices. I knew there had to be some reason for that, and not just cut off for some other stupid reason. This was mentioned in one of the Verge or Engadget video hands-on. Can't remember.

      • ProductFRED

        How about, because it's a circle and not a square or rectangle, the glass reaches further below than normal.

  • jnwelzel

    between all the avalaible options atm, I'd definitely go with the moto 360! looks the best and lately i've had nothing but satisfaction with motorola's lines of products

    • RajivSK

      It's a beautiful smartwatch indeed. It seems the future is here, we can finally find out how tall Barak Obama is, at any time, anywhere.

    • Jake

      Wait.. there's no speaker? I mean, even a dumb watch can do alarms. This looks nice, but just not that practical.

      • operator207


    • black

      I guess Google's acquisition wasn't in vain after all.

  • James

    From my specialist pov, she should really visit some doctor as that mole on her arms doesn't look good.

  • M Brandon Lee

    I want to know what happens when you accept a phone call on it and if it will respond to "ok google" without hitting the button on the side.

    • senor_heisenberg

      Yes, the watch will respond to OK, Google without hitting a button. Read/watched it in some previews.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Yes, notable ommissions from ALL the videos and presentations I've seen.

      Also, particularly when it comes to the 360, those are the only two ways to light up the display? So if you raise your arm it won't light up on its own? That would be kind of disappointing.

      • Michael

        I believe it should be 3 ways. I'm a little confused because this demo is different than the hands-on demo videos blogs have been posting. On Jimmy Fallon, the watch was definitely either dimmed or had a simple white clock hand screensaver before the watch lit up. In this video, the screen is also dimmed but in the hands-on videos it was completely turned off before activating. In the other hands-on videos, it turned on automatically by lifting your arm, which was also confirmed by Motorola when it was first introduced. I do think all 3 ways will be possible.

    • Michael

      Great question. I would love for the "answer call" swipe to maybe open the call up on your phone in speakerphone immediately. That'd be great for driving or for when the phone is on a table.

      As for the "OK, Google" command, yes, definitely hands-free. But I'm wondering if I'll have to lift the watch up and activate the screen before I can say the command or if it will truly be "always listening" and I'll be able to say OK, Google while the my hand is at my side.

    • Dave

      It's more a fundamental thing concerning Android Wear, but I'd like to know how the watches handle Whatsapp messages atm. Can you answer them as well with your voice?

  • gk1984

    AP - Please get waterproof details when this releases. I'd love to own the 360 for it's design, but I also want something I don't have to worry about getting wet. It would be a plus if I can go swimming with it on like the Pebble. But Pebble and the Meteor (which is fugly) are the only 2 I know of that are that waterproof.

    • sweenish

      All the android wear devices are water and dust resistant.

      Actual ratings will come in time, I imagine.

      • gk1984

        I've seen basic splash resistance and what not discussed in the current models. But having a little more would be nice. Gear Live, for example, can only be submerged in a couple feet of water for a brief amount of time - kinda weak.

        • sweenish

          I know the G watch has a IPS 67 rating. It's listed on the Play Store page.

          I don't think we'll see waterproof up to X meters this year. There would need to some pretty drastic changes, I imagine.

    • Corey Watford

      It's water resistant, not proof, rain fine, drop it in a pool fine, take it in a shower fine, but dont plan on going scuba diving with it.

      • gk1984

        Is this speculation or info already released? I must have missed that...

        • Corey Watford

          Actually Pebble is only water resistance

        • Corey Watford

          "At the pool, on the beach, or in the shower. Your Pebble is good down to 5ATM"

        • MeCampbell30

          I/O Keynote. Though they didn't give specifics.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      You are swimming with a watch on? Seriously?

      • gk1984

        No, I don't even own a watch right now. But I've seen some, even cheapy ones at Walmart, claim to be good to 100ft under water. I've read loads of reviews with the Pebble being in the water perfectly fine, one user even share about surfing with it on. The only concern with Pebble is pressing the buttons while submerged as it can dislodge a seal/gasket.

        • mgamerz

          I use mine in the shower, haven't had any problems.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Yeah, I can use my Pebble in water, but you have to think about when that is ever going to happen. A watch should be built such that getting wet when washing your hands or doing dishes won't harm it, but since you need to be connected to your phone to do anything with it, it's not really important if it can survive a trip to the bottom of the sea.

          • gk1984

            True but I'm picturing being out on the boat on a lake. I might take my phone with. Occasionally, might anchor out and take a swim and leave my phone in the boat of course, but might forget the watch is on. I just want to not have to worry about a situation like this. Or taking a swim in the pool and not have to worry about getting my phone wet or splashed or hell even close to the pool for that matter and be able to keep on top of my messages.

          • Jason Bourne

            You might forget you have a watch on before you jump into a lake? If you remember to take the phone out of your pocket, I'm so sure you can remember to take your watch off, too.

      • Matthew Skalecki

        Many people swim and dive with waterproof watches. Obviously, this is not the watch to use for those activities.

  • Corey Watford

    I'm going with my August release date, being end of June, July is too soon for the moto 360

  • http://byazrov.ru/ ℉0t°oG®@Ф

    so basically it doesn't do anything but looking awesome?

    • MeCampbell30

      Just like me.

      • Đức Thành

        You might disagree but I think Phoenix Wright is pretty awesome, even though he doesn't look it.

  • Paul_Werner

    If you mute the video and put on captions it's really funny.

    "healing Barack Obama"


  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    It is so damn gorgeous... If I am to wear a watch ever in my life - THIS device would be the watches of my choice

  • Roi Katz

    I definitely want one...

  • s427

    I was almost expecting her to stop and shout "SHUT UP!" to the pianist that is apparently practicing in the same room.

  • MeCampbell30

    Sweet Jesus.

  • Carlos Pereira

    I just would like to know: is there any sound output in the Moto360? I saw she asks how tall is Barack Obama, but it doesn't speak the answer in voice... does it have sound output?

    • Michael

      I don't believe there is a speaker. Just one hole for the microphone. The watch won't be eyes-free, you'll still have to look at the screen for information. I've gone back and forth weighing the pros and cons of the lack of speaker for a while but I think no sound does have a lot of positive aspects. Especially since it's a watch and made for glanceable information, it shouldn't be playing music, making sounds, or answering phone calls. Things like that what were important for watches like the Gear 2. With advances in Google Now for the phone, people will still be doing most of their googling and other inquiries straight from their phone by saying OK, Google and getting a voice response. The watch is for times when your phone isn't in your hand and it'd be a lot easier to just ask your watch. And in those situations, a voice response isn't on the top of the priority list, which makes sense.

      • hmm?

        a watch with no alarm ?

        • Michael

          If the 360 does have an alarm, it would just notify/wake you up using vibrations instead of sound.

  • mgamerz

    After having a pebble with the wrist flick to turn on the screen, this looks like a major step backwards. It sounds simple but at night it's so nice to just flick and boom, there it is.

    • Jason Bourne

      The flick motion is pretty slick on the Pebble.

  • joser116

    The display will wake itself up if it detects a motion like if you are lifting your arm to see the time.
    Source: The Verge video with Joshua Topolsky and Jimmy Fallon; when his arm was by his side, the display was dim and I could still make out the clock arms, then the watch turned on fully when Joshua had his arm up like if he was checking the time.

  • JTrip

    Looks pretty neat but I'll wait for the 2nd generation of it.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    From the various articles about the companion app - it's pretty clear the screen can be set to always-on or not. It's probable that in all the previous places we have seen people wearing ANY Android watch, the screen has been set to go off so as to not to show off the interface and or be distracting. People will probably from this point forward have it set to screen on - but dimmed. Voice search is NOT always listening on any Android Wear device - the various sessions have shown this - you have to activate the voice search by waking the device - that means - when the screen is brightly lit - so basically after you have tapped the screen. It's hardly surprising because if lots of people are wearing a device that is always listening and someone says "OK Google, send a message to mom, I hate your food" a lot of people are going to suddenly send a message to their mom with very little time to stop it if they are not aware it's happening. Or imagine someone says "OK Google, Play some music" and suddenly 100 phones in a room start playing completely different tracks. And of course there is the "practical joker aspect" "OK Google, send a text to my wife, you are a slut"

    • Jason Bourne

      My wife already knows that... I'd rather say, "Ok, Google... send a text to my wife: I kissed a girl comma and I liked it period Also comma can you pick up the kids tonight comma I'm working quote late quote period"

  • Kaboose

    I'm going to need at least 4 days of battery life to consider a smartwatch

    • Jason Bourne

      So... a Pebble Steel?

  • Chris

    I was surprised by how little I like this. I think I like the LG watch the best, although Samsung's looks almost the same and has a heart rate monitor!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danieltye88 Tungmeister

    Where's that lovely metal strap?

  • Dick Tracy

    It needs a speaker and a front facing camera for Dick Tracy style calls

    • Nick Yarosz

      I think you might be referring to the Galaxy Gear. This is the comment section about the smartwatch that's not trying to be everything at once.

  • alfuen00

    Maybe I'm totally wrong but I use a lot to answer calls in my galaxy gear, a lot of the times, this android wear watches have speaker and microphone? Or are just for notification?

    • Riley Biers

      you're kinda cute :)

  • technohead95

    Moto 360 looks great but no one has mentioned whether it has always on like the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. Any watch that only displays the time after you have pressed a button is an instant fail. Watches don't work like that, they display the time constantly so you can view it just by simply looking at it. LG and Samsung do this because the screen is dimmed and made bright when it recognises you twist your arm to look at it. That's a pretty neat solution as it avoids battery drain.

    • Michael

      That's exactly what the Moto 360 does. I don't know why this video doesn't show that, but check out some of the hands-on blogger videos from the conference on YouTube - the demonstrators put their hand at their side, lift up their arm and the watch lights up automatically... either from an off state, or a dimmed state, which I think we will be able to choose.

      • technohead95

        I had already seen a few blogger hands on video but hadn't seen that feature so was assuming it wasn't there. I saw plenty of them show it coming on when you press the button. However, I just saw this which shows and explains it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KCE4MPtb-w. Thank god for that, I'm now really sold on the Moto 360. May be the always on feature and gesture action of turning on is a feature of Android Wear?

        • Michael

          I think Google is leaving that up to the companies to decide how they want their watches to work. But if they want to create a watch that works well, it would be in their best interest to have some kind of gesture to reveal the screen, which is probably why the other watches have something similar. I don't think it's standard in android wear though.

  • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud Ober

    What about answer to a call? I have to take my phone? o_O What is the interest for that well? I can take my phone directly and answer to the call... useless function for me... I just talk about this function, not the product and Android Wear. I would like to see too a real music player... To run without my phone...

    • Michael

      The watch is not meant to replace the phone. There are rumored to be a few smart watches currently being worked on with SIM cards that will allow that functionality, but at this time, the point of these android wear watches is not to play music, make phone calls and replace the phone. You can also check out the Samsung Gear line with a speaker that can do these things as well.

      • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud Ober

        Too bad. If I understand Google, I can answer to the call with my watch, and the person who calls me have to wait that I search my phone in my pocket to talk with him... Very useful function!

        I don't understand the price of this "gadget" actually, if I have to have my phone always with me, why not just keep my phone as today ?...
        I would like to see a watch replace my phone, and be connected with my tablet in my bag simply.

        • Michael

          If someone calls you and you're wearing the watch, just take the phone out of your pocket like you're already doing now. The watch is never gonna take away convenience from you, it's only gonna add it. With the watch, you can see who's calling you before taking the phone out. If you want to pick up, take the phone out of your pocket. If you don't want to pick up, you can ignore the call, leave the phone in your pocket, and save time. The concept of android wear is definitely not for everyone though, I understand. If people don't find Google Now useful, then they won't find the watch useful either. But many people, including myself, do find android wear very very valuable.

          • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud Ober

            Oh, yeah, I understand your vision of calls on watch. It's very clear, and I have to say, that it's true. But why propose to answer a call? Just show the photo of the current person calling and a button to ignore the call if I don't want to answer would be more useful finally. And if I want to answer, I pick up my phone.

            I'm an Apple user in fact (not a fanatic! ;-)), and I like the vision of Google. I like Google Now vision, and I like Android Wear interface, which is adapted to the device, and very simple! I hope Apple will present an "iWatch" with a similar interface, or better of course, but not inferior, like is Samsung Gear or Sony I think personally.

          • Poussah

            If you have a wired or BT headset, then you can see who's calling, and if you wish answer without fumbling with a button on a dangling cable.

    • Jason Bourne

      You want a music player that you can wear on your wrist and use without your phone? Check out the iPod Nano (6th Generation) - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1353#iPod_Nano_6G

  • Rohan

    Is the moto 360 compatible with an iPhone

  • Charlie

    Can I use it with my iPhone 5s ??