Motorola shows off its Android Wear smartwatch, Moto 360, coming this summer

By , Mar 18, 2014

Moto 360 (image 001)

Google has just announced its brand new Android Wear platform for powering wearable devices like smartwatches and handset maker Motorola is already showing off its first Android Wear-driven device, a smartwatch dubbed Moto 360.

Billed as a “modern timepiece,” the device indeed is designed much like classic timepieces and sports high-grade finish that oozes premium quality.

The Moto 360, of course, runs Android Wear and includes Google Now integration, Android notifications, apps like weather, sports scores and more. It does gestures, too. “With just a twist of the wrist,” Motorola writes, you can see who’s emailing or calling, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social post…

Motorola says its device tells you what you need to know before you know you need it, through subtle Google Now alerts and notifications.

It supports ‘Ok Google’ functionality which lets you ask questions like what time your flight leaves, or schedule an appointment, send a text message, set an alarm, take a note and more – much like Siri does on iOS devices.

The Moto 360 features a round face and premium materials, making it feel “comfortable and familiar” on your wrist. Here, check out a few press shots of the device.

Motorola Moto 360 (Map 001)

Motorola Moto 360 (Cafe 001)

“It’s everything you need, with a look that you want,” says the pitch.

Motorola says its smartwatch will be available globally this summer, starting in the United States. The Moto 360 will come in a variety of styles, said the firm, including the classic leather look and the premium metal finish, both depicted right below.

Motorola Moto 360 (Leather 001)

Motorola Moto 360 (Metal 001)

Google said earlier today that Android Wear launch partners include hardware vendors Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm and such fashion labels as the Fossil Group.

First watches powered by Android Wear should arrive “later this year,” Google promised.

In addition to Motorola, Google’s announcement today was quickly followed by LG’s unveiling of the Android Wear-powered G Watch, Engadget reported.

To learn more about the Moto 360, check out the official website.

For reference, Google is in the process of unloading Motorola Mobility unit, with China’s Lenovo Group emerging as a likely buyer for $2.9 billion. The search monster paid an astounding $12.5 billion for Motorola back in 2011.

Wouldn’t you want to slap the Moto 360 on your wrist?

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  • Anmol Malhotra

    That’s beautiful watch!
    Faaaaaaaar better then galaxy gear…
    But it’s Android -_-… we want iWatch Apple… Why getting so late???

    • Diego Milano

      Because Apple sits back and watch, then gets into the field with an improvement, innovating. It’s not about being first, it’s about doing it right and in the right moment.
      I still think a watch is just a watch though, so I’m not truly excited about any of these, although I must admit I am not into wearables… yet. ;)

      • grumpyfuzz

        Are you sure? I’ve heard from apple fanboys that Apple has been working on the smartwatch way before any other company, and other companies “copied” apple…

      • Jeffrey

        well its true that apple has been working on an iwatch before most companies (except for pebble i guess), and as soon as the iwatch rumours came, samsung, ofcourse, quickly developed a smartwatch just to be faster than apple and get most buyers

      • grumpyfuzz

        My point is that he said Apple sits back and watches, but since everyone claims they were the “first”, his point is invalid about the watch… If no one made a smartwatch and they were the only one, they wouldn’t be improving any ideas, it would just be them. I’m sure if another company did a 64-bit phone before Apple, and I’m not sure if they did or not… But apple fanboys would say “Apple wasn’t the first, but they did it right”… Which wouldn’t make much sense at all.

      • Jeffrey

        well no they wouldn’t say that, and it’s not true that apple just sits back and watches, but they are working on it, they just are really slow on making new hardware. there only is one iphone each year but samsung makes 20 phones a year, know what i mean? apple doesn’t give a damn about time, as long as they make it perfect.

      • grumpyfuzz

        I personally think Samsung is the company that rushes on products the most. I don’t think Google rushed at all on this one. It looks great. As for what the apple fanboys would say, I guess you’re right, but I could see them saying that.

      • Jeffrey

        maybe some yeah, and i do agree with you that samsung is the company that rushes on products the most. also google didn’t rush, but they were significantly faster than apple, which has been working on the iwatch for years now:P

      • BozzyB

        I think this is the “hope” and excuse Apple customers are trying to believe. You said it – Samsung and other companies are capable of releasing over 20 phones and other products a year. Apple is just too slow in the innovation and is blocked by their own restrictions of their operating system. I would have believed this argument some years ago – but since they release almost every year the same phone with the same OS which they now try to polish with features of the competitiors to keep up – I don’t. They sit there like and they watch the innovations passing by.

      • Jeffrey

        well they are slow but they make the most awesome products

      • Farbod

        64 bit isn’t something you can get right or wrong. A whole new device or a one of a kind technology is something that you can get right or wrong.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Do you not understand what I was trying to say? I said apple fanboys would say that, even if it couldn’t be true…

      • Your Mother

        A 64 bit processor in a phone is nothing to brag about, Apple licensed the technology, they had absolutely nothing to do with development of it.

      • @dongiuj

        And how do you know that Samsung wasn’t developing a smartwatch long before apple? Please share.

      • Jeffrey

        Ofcourse i’m not sure, but there have been rumours that apple has started developing one long after apples first rumours

      • Your Mother

        so rumors of apple making something outweighs actual products on the market? and still they get accused of copying? lmfao.

      • Jeffrey

        read better, stupid, i was talking about years ago, when the galaxy gear wasn’t even started on yet

      • Your Mother

        If anybody is stupid it you. Do you know how long Samsung has been working on the gear and the products before it?

        No, you don’t. You’re just another fanboy bent outta shape because Apple no longer leads the market but just follow what other companies are doing.

      • Jeffrey

        not more than a few months thats for sure, they hadn’t started on it before the first apple iwatch rumours came

      • Your Mother

        lmfao. You store fans are so damn ignorant. Rumors don’t count my friend, any company can start a rumor–in fact, almost all rumors turn out to not be true. Take the Galaxy S5 and all its rumors–none of which made it to the final product.

      • Jeffrey

        ‘almost all rumors turn out to not be true’ that’s not true, a LOT of rumors of apple products that i have read turned out to be true, or almost true. also, most companies, especially apple, wouldn’t start a rumor.

      • Franklin Richards

        Apple had also been working on tablets way before everyone else. It was also late to the game but it was arguably the games biggest player.

      • Jeffrey

        the original ipad wasn’t late to the game, the ipad started the rise of tablets. maybe there were a few crappy tablets, but noone knew what a tablet was at the time… and maybe it will be the same with the iwatch!:)

      • Franklin Richards

        Then they were still late to the game because the game started. iPad did put tablets on the map but it wasn’t first. What I’m trying to say is I agree with Diego Milano.

      • Jeffrey

        i dont think so, apple makes its products its own way, and the ipad was in development for 6 years so they didnt wait and watch for other tablets because when the first tablets came, apple already had a final concept on the ipad, so it couldn’t copy anything. same with iwatch, it is already in a very late stage so they can’t make very big changes to it now anymore…

      • Franklin Richards

        … I never said anything about copying. Late is late. I don’t understand why you’re being so defensive. I’m trying to agree with you.

      • Jeffrey

        im actually commenting on diego’s comment, i’m just trying to explain it, but maybe in a too defensive sounding way:/

      • Your Mother

        Tablets are over 20yrs old. And I’m talking about tablets on the market not some idea being experimented with.

      • Your Mother

        funny that you’d say that considering if any other company “sits back and watch, then gets into the field with an improvement….” they get accused of copying.

    • Jeffrey

      thats exactly what i thought!!! i think the iwatch is more going to be something like the gear, more techy, less watchy, but i wish this was the iwatch. i would so buy it:( i just cant buy it out of respect and my love for apple and because of my curiosity of the iwatch

      • @dongiuj

        OMG! Listen to yourself!

      • Jeffrey

        What? Im not ashamed that im a huge apple fan? Im sure the iwatch will be far better than this, if not, then ill buy the moto 360, but i doubt it.

      • ConCal

        Why would you have such allegiance to a company? What does it get you? I understand if you have all your stuff in their ecosystem (iCloud/iTunes). But, it’s just makes you sound like a lemming to say anything else. Just buy the best product, don’t buy whoever has the best marketing.

      • Jeffrey

        the ecosystem isn’t te problem, i just love all apple products, it’s not that i like them because it’s from apple, but i just like all their products. also, i cant use android, i just cant, and i dont get how people can and want to. the iphone IS the best product, if not, i woudln’t buy it… but it just is

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Best comment ever seen :D :)

      • Jeffrey

        lol thanks:P

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Haha! anytime :P

      • Real Slik

        You’re just another apple sheep. You bought into the fashion aspect but I don’t buy tech for fashion. Android wouldn’t be dominating if it wasn’t better.

      • Jeffrey

        LOL you really just said that didn’t you… like i said, i didn’t buy apple because it’s apple, i bought it because i love the iphone and ios, i freaking hate android. i’ve tried it but it’s the slowest sh*t every, like windows, it’s not optimized for the phones which make it slower. ios is 100% optimized for the iphone. the ONLY reason android is more used than ios is that android can be installed by any company. Android is used by tens of phone companies, ios only by one, so people don’t have a lot of choice between ios phones. if ios was installable by other companies, ios would rule the market and android wouldn’t even get close to a 15% market share. think about that while you wait untill your android app is loaded

  • Yujin

    So basically is just a notification interface with a pretty shell….looks ok, but I wonder what apple will do, sure it will be like $500 but maybe it will take your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, sugar levels, and also work as a fitness companion and a watch….we will see….hopefully this year.

    • Jeffrey

      lol can i ask why u have a samsung icon? just a question, not an attack:P

      • Aron Tripp

        Read closer :)

      • Jeffrey

        yeah i read it but its a pro-samsung icon

      • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

        No it isn’t. It says don’t think different. As in just copy and steal (hence the blue apple logo). Just a lame attempt, nothing more

      • Jeffrey

        Oooooh i get it, i thought like ‘dont think diffrent, use samsung’ lol

      • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

        lol that would be a bit akward on this site… the nerve ;)

      • Jeffrey

        Exactly! Lol

    • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

      Blood pressure could be, since there are some inventions to measure blood pressure without the cuffs (unless the iwatch will be an icuff as well). But sugar levels will be tricky, apart from testing the blood, I only know of one sensor that is placed underneath the skin and I doubt Apple would go that far.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        You are right. But I don’t believe a wearable device can measure any vital sign with accuracy.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Looks sexy! Please support iOS, I don’t want to switch to android.

    • BozzyB

      just curious – why you don’t want to change when you like a product? But Google Now supports iOS. Good chance that you don’t have to switch ;)

      • Litchy

        the problem is not switching to Android on the watch but having to switch the phone too if you want all notifications etc. ;)

      • BozzyB

        This would be no problem either or? ;) Just think about the new possibilities – and no jailbreaking anymore ;)

      • SteveO_in_NY

        Yeah, and all of the apps that you get to re-buy!

      • BozzyB

        that 150$ you save on the hardware already…

      • Litchy

        The answer is easy. First of all I like iOS very much but far more important to me is something else: I don’t only use my Phone. I use my MacBook, iMac, AppleTV and my Airport Express every day. Every single one of my devices works together like a charm. That is what I love about apple. Their stuff just works (together).

        Oh yeah and then there is the design :D I just love it when a product looks like its actually high quality

      • Farbod

        He just likes iOS. chill.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Bingo! This is what I meant.

      • iBanks

        Me personally have invested way too much money into iTunes and AppStore purchases to ever want to switch to anything else. Not that I would anyway because I’m not an fan of Android but this watch is absolutely Gorgeous. Never thought I’d say that about anything Android, but this is eye catching.

    • Jeffrey

      probably a bit late for an answer, but i commented on a moto 360 youtube vid from the official motorola channel and i asked them if it would support ios, and motorola replied: ‘Moto 360 will work with any Android smartphone running Android 4.3 and higher.’ so i guess that’s a no

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Yes, currently this is the official statement, but things can change, especially if they see appealing demand, fingers crossed! Thank you for your comment.

      • Jeffrey

        yeah i hope so too! and no problem;)

  • Tom

    Best looking smart watch I’ve seen till now. o.o

  • Litchy

    One word: sexy

  • Jonathan

    Any time, Apple.

    • Jeffrey

      yeah i cant hold it anymore:( I WANT TO SEE THE IWATCH. but this looks so goddamn sexy… but ofcourse ill wait for my beloved apple<3

  • Jason Baroni

    Now this is stunning. Motorola has grown on my taste after these last releases. Lets watch how Apple is gonna beat them.

    • Jeffrey

      i hope they beat them hard:P i think the iwatch features will be 300% better but im curious if they can beat this design

  • jocastro

    in all honesty i wouldn’t by the watch, like why would you? you have your phone on you at all times these days

    • Jeffrey

      i would if it would look sexy and if it would be under 200 dollars… also it would be awesome if it would be waterproof

    • Litchy

      Trust me, after using a smartwatch for a few days you can’t imagine taking out your phone for every single notification or when you want to know the time anymore. You got used to it but its silly.

    • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

      If you look at the Google Wear commercial, you can see what functionality a smartwatch can bring to the table. It’s easier to talk to and watch your wrist than to take out your phone.

  • Dante Arellano

    It looks shite to m wearing a watch please!

  • Francisco Perez

    I’m sorry but if the apple watch does not look anything or resemble the look of the one in the concept video, i might get the Moto 360!

  • CAS

    Meh

  • CreeDiddy

    Beautiful looking watch!!! I’m sold…

  • Tony

    Looks nice but I want to see price points on these and the apple watch. Anything over 199.99 isn’t worth it.

    • grumpyfuzz

      I don’t think the Apple watch will be under 199, coming from Apple.

  • jacob wolin

    nice design interested more on what the watch can do rather than how it looks. This will be interesting

  • leart

    Looks beautiful, but unfurnatly i am apple fanboy :)

    • Jeffrey

      my thoughts exactly

  • Franklin Richards

    Not going to lie. That watch is actually really sexy.

  • Jeffrey

    this makes me curious what other big companies (mostly HTC) will bring, also i wonder if samsung will make another smartwatch with a similar design…

  • jack

    is that an Apple video?

  • Ariel

    Actually looks like an amazing watch, hopefully Android wear won’t hold it back… anyway I’m waiting on Apple, and if not I’m buying a Fitbit or an Atlas (check it out)

  • jack

    For most people watches died when smartphones came.. now they wanna ressurect it. I’m never wearing a watch again. I wanna see the time, I pull my iPhone. I wanna see who’s calling, I’ll pull my iPhone.. I’m not answering calls in a watch that I’m sure I’ll have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket later.

    This is placebo like 3D is.. it comes and it goes every 25 years because ppl are dumb.

    • iBanks

      Isn’t this the same thing that happened with cellphones? At one point we wanted them all smaller and now we want them bigger, but that doesn’t stop you from wanting to purchase another phone does it? It’s not a placebo, it’s just that history usually repeats itself.

    • Taf Khan

      You can’t beat a good swiss made timepiece… A Panerai vs iPhone for the purpose of checking the time, ahem…. Panerai everyTIME!

      Besides, a good traditional watch won’t need charging like a smart watch or smart phone, not very good in my honest opinion.

  • GL1

    Finally that is something I would actually wear not that ugly ass nerdy galaxy gear made for little boys. Too bad I have an iPhone…at least tech will get better by then and well be able to charge it only like once a week.

  • MacGuru17

    I would almost trade my iPhone 5s in for a Nexus 5 so I could get this.

  • ☁⚡Bläzé4President⚡☁

    Apple needs to keep these leaks down. First you hear apple is making a watchy watch, something not google geary, and then android comes out with another style of watch shitting on their other style to stay ‘ahead of the curve’ when in fact they started with a bad design of watch. Same thing with their features, you hear about the leak, and then other companies begin implementing the leaked ‘maybe apple will do this idea’ so then apple looks second fiddle, when in actually it was already attempting to implement the idea. Same with the iPhone in general, or even the tv. Once they heard apple broke the code, they started making smart tv’s praying they had the right recipe, it’s kind of disgusting.

    • ConCal

      Wow, you clearly don’t know what you are talking about.

      • ☁⚡Bläzé4President⚡☁

        Do tell. Did “apple breaking the code” not spark companies to make smart tv’s? Did “apple making a phone” not encourage google to make a phone?

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    Apple will take their time and do it right