Motorola announces Moto 360 smartwatch, because it’s hip not to be square

Daniel Bader

March 18, 2014 1:20 pm

Another OEM is announcing a smartwatch today, and this one differs in a holistic way: it’s rounded, not square. Motorola’s Moto 360 will also run Android Wear, like the square G Watch, but will feature a number of unique features, similar to the way Moto X takes existing Android features and enhances them.

While the rounded watchface will be the biggest external differentiator — it looks far more like a high-end fashion watch than any other smartwatch before it — Motorola promises true value in its “premium materials.”

Available in a “variety of styles” in the summer for an undisclosed price, Moto 360 has barely any bezels — it looks truly beautiful and stylish — and will work similar to other Android Wear-enabled smartwatches by sending notifications from apps and content via the myriad Google Now cards.

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  • Dak

    I love the look of it

    • cartfan88

      That picture though of the guy on the bike looking at his watch…distracted biking? The horror.

    • thedosbox

      There’s a difference between someone holding a phone in one hand, versus someone in full control of their vehicle.

  • Humberto Giambrone

    Now that’s a smartwatch I would actually consider wearing. Very sleek. Hope Lenovo doesn’t screw up the great things Motorola has been doing.

    • Garrett Cooper

      My thoughts exactly, up to this point I’ve laughed at the idea. This actually looks like a nice watch, which is most important.

    • t.virus

      Lenovo would be smart to leave Motorola as a stand alone unit like how Google treated them that way their creativeness won’t be hindered

  • Paul Quito

    DOPE

  • Collin dubya

    i’ll wait to see how it’s executed in the real world and not on paper or in simulated images.

    • Comrade Yeti

      I want to love this, but I want to see the actual screen too. The simulated images look great but unless its a true retina screen then I fear its going to be ugly and pixelated just like the gear and pebble are.

    • ATF6

      “Retina” screens are just 640p LCD screens.

    • Comrade Yeti

      Which would be a lot better than the 320×320 pixelated mess that is the Gear. And don’t even get me started on the Pebbles screen!

      … the images posted above look amazing. I really want to believe the real thing will be close, but I doubt it.

    • Dylan D’Croix

      I’m hoping there is some truth to that whole “brand new technical components from the ground up”.

      I want a huge (like 2.5 – 3″ round) screen, and all metal. If it’s not metal, the screen is tiny, and the UI is bad, I’m out.

  • Kevin Ye

    Looks pretty nice! Wonder how much it’ll cost though…

    • Dylan D’Croix

      I’d easily pay over $300 for something this nice, assuming it looked nearly exactly like the concept footage above. (I mean I’d hate myself for spending the money, but love myself looking at it.. hahaha)

  • rgl168

    Should I get this one or the LG? Tough choice…

  • Aaron Hoyland

    Looks beautiful, although I’m a little concerned by the fact that all those stills seem to show a simulated interface on the watch face. Hopefully it will look that good in reality.

  • vn33

    Very nice ! Especially like the round shape, makes it look like a “real” premium watch !

  • FlamesFan89

    Shut Up and Take My Money!

  • Rory Nicol

    Finally, a smartwatch I’d wear.

  • Sweet

    By far the nicest smartwatches I’ve seen so far, and the only one I would wear. I’m curious as to why it’s taken companies this long to come out with a watches like that, given how long watches with built-in dive computers have been around. I guess there aren’t any SCUBA divers working for any of the smartphone companies. :-)

  • Ken K.

    MINE

  • RJay Mirosovsky

    I will be buying this, day one! Finally a smart watch worth buy…hopefuly

  • awhite2600

    The pics certainly look nice. Functionality is another thing. What will I be able to do with this watch?

  • goolger

    no thanks. I’ll stick with my TAG

    • Harold Mitchell

      I guess from an earlier post that this is your ‘tag’ line!

    • Nik

      Ha! Brilliant.

    • Max Fireman

      You mean your timex?

  • ThatPhoneGuy

    Finally!

  • Hilman in Edmonton

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this, you better be selling these Motorola Canada!!!!

  • Shaggyskunk

    First nice looking wearable technology – The Samsung Fit is half way decent – But The Motorola wins hands down – in part because it doesn’t look like a “smart” watch

  • I.T. Man

    Please please double as a fitness band. That functionality would be beautiful.

  • Christian Nielsen

    Hurry up and take my money

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    I wonder if this is the one showing on Google’s video

  • wahwah

    Interesting. A sexy lookin smart watch. Me like.

  • canada is a monopoly

    People should be ticketed 2000$ for wearing this since holding the phone is not allowed wrist close to the mouth should be established as speaking similar to on cellphone and close to head as listening. Whoever likes this should get a punch in their face license suspended with 6 demerit point deduction. Hopefully this goes through and makes everybody butt hurt

    • Dylan D’Croix

      Ever used a speaker phone? Did you hold the phone next to your ear while you talked? Then you’re doing it wrong dude.

      This “watch” type fad going around is about convenience getting quick information always available to you, with having limitless customization at your fingertips. Never having to buy another watch again, having all styles you could want. (in theory obviously) I think its a brilliant idea.

      Referring to your issue about using it as a phone, imagine simply tapping anywhere on the face to answer your call, and just talking. No fiddling with anything, if there were safe ways to answer a phone call, this definitely has to be one of the safest.

    • canada is a monopoly

      You and I are Sheeps my friends only Sheeps and you are not allowed to think or question your opinion doesn’t matter your a slave now when the law passes for you to be ticketed a report will come out how smart watch is the # 1 reasons for death at that point you will say yes that makes sense and accept it

      I’m just stating facts you can do what you like or feel what you want sorry in the end we are just Sheeps

    • Anaron

      We’re individuals, not sheep (note, it’s the plural form of sheep). Also, use “you’re” instead of “your”. It’s the contraction of “you are”. And number one reason for death? Perhaps you meant “number one cause of death”.

      Now be a good sheep and improve your grammar.

    • Peter

      AMEN!

    • Rob C

      If you are not Sheep then Ram them.

    • Peter

      Why you mad BRO!?

  • Dylan D’Croix

    Absolutely amazing. Finally a smart watch that looks like a watch. Most certainly will be following this project to its completion.

  • Walter

    That stainless steel version is money in my books. Would definitely pick up one of those.

  • Anaron

    This is the first smart watch that I actually want to get. I really like the design and I hope the final product resembles it a lot. It’s so inconvenient for me to pull my phone out of my pocket on a crowded bus or while I’m driving. I’d consider getting this even if it costed $299, assuming it has good battery life.

    • WatDah

      If you don’t mind me asking, how are you going to reply anything if your phone is in your pocket?

      On the bus:
      If your answer is “talk to it”, wouldn’t you mind others listening to your conversation? And you would willingly compromise your privacy openly? How do you correct a mistake if it doesn’t pick up your words well?

      If your answer is “I don’t have to”, does that mean you are OK with paying $300 just so you know there’s a notification? But wouldn’t you already know when the phone vibrates?

      In the car:
      If your answer is “talk to it”, then what’s the difference that you see from using the phone’s speaker? Is it not OK with you to have taken the phone out of your pocket first before you start driving? Or in a case of a text message, or any sort of notification, what is the main advantage for you from reading it on the watch’s small screen compared to the phone’s while you’re driving? And assuming you would read it off the watch, do you not feel that it is a lot more dangerous? And if you are going to respond to the message, what is the main advantage you see from using the phone’s speak-to-text feature? If you’re thinking “I don’t have to hold the phone and drive”, is there a real difference for you from that and placing the watch in front of your mouth?

      If your answer is “I don’t have to”, then your reason for it being a convenient when you’re driving is thrown out the window, isn’t it?

      Not trying to pick a fight here, I really just want to see, or try to understand, the thoughts and perspective behind those who is in favor.

    • Anaron

      I’d reply with my voice. In the situations I mentioned, a quick reply will be sufficient (e.g. “I’ll be there in 15.”) I don’t know how I’d correct a mistake. And privacy isn’t a concern for me when I’m telling someone I’d be there in X minutes.

      We still don’t know what Motorola or Google will do to make it easier. What we can safely assume is that it would be a priority for them because smart watches don’t come with keyboards.

      In a car, I’d have the convenience of glancing at my watch the same way I would when checking the time. I don’t want to pull my phone out of my pocket or hold it with the speakerphone active. It would be much more convenient for me to answer calls and reply to texts with a smart watch. I don’t think it’s more dangerous. I’d only read the preview and go on from there. I imagine myself sending a lot of “Hold on, I’m driving right now.” texts. You’re ignoring my personal situation and trying to grasp it from your perspective. That’s the error in your thinking. At least try to think of it from my perspective. I really hate it when I have to adjust my entire body and dig my phone out of my pocket just to check a notification. I only do it at a red light but I should stop doing it entirely and a smart watch would make that easier.

      There’s more to it than just replying to texts. For example, I sometimes take the bus and I think it would be convenient to know when my stop is coming up without having to pull out my phone. Another example is changing music. Sometimes, I want to hear a song two or three more times and leaving it on repeat isn’t an option. It would be easy for me to replay the song from a smart watch. And yet another example is knowing how many steps I took or calories I burned without having to pull my phone out.

    • WatDah

      Cool, thanks for the reply!