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Moto 360 adds wireless charging to its spec sheet

The Google I/O conference kicks off tomorrow with a two-hour keynote, and we’re bound to see a big emphasis placed on the Android Wear platform that will power a new generation of wearable devices.
While LG has announced its G Watch, and Samsung is set to show off its own Android Wear smartwatch this week, the Motorola Moto 360 has been the poster child for Google’s move into the wearables market.

Moto 360 smartwatch with "SPEEDO" watch face design concept by Paul Stringer
Today, we’re learning that the Moto 360 will support wireless charging via the Qi wireless standard, which is backed by the Wireless Power Consortium. An FCC filing, first uncovered by Lilliputing, details the Motorola SPN5845A Wireless Charger that was tested exclusively with the Moto 360 smartwatch.
So we now know that the Moto 360 will support wireless charging, but what it still unknown is if the smartwatch will support a more traditional “corded” charger with a microUSB connector for those that don’t want to lug around a charging pad while traveling. We also don’t know if existing Qi charging pads will be compatible with the Moto 360. 

Sources: Lilliputing, FCC

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By Murloc on 6/24/2014 10:29:08 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, a dial like that is unreadable.

People want a traditional analogic dial because they can feel how late it is with just a glance.

If they have to look at that thing, they'll be faster by just reading the number.

So they might as well put only the number on the screen and fill the rest with more useful stuff.

RE: dial
By hughlle on 6/24/2014 10:48:33 AM , Rating: 2
Fully agree. And for a device with such limited real estate, what's the point in having both? I don't have a (hard to read) analogue widget and a digital one side by side on my phone. Telling the time once is more than ample. Not that I care one bit about smart watches, but i do hope someone else wins the GUI contest.

RE: dial
By GulWestfale on 6/24/2014 10:49:34 AM , Rating: 3
it clearly says underneath the picture that this is a concept.

RE: dial
By hughlle on 6/24/2014 10:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
I am quite aware of this. and they often use concepts as a means of gauging public opinion. Hopefully they take that into account and opt for one of the other concept entries. David Pascuals entry looks a much more efficient and "productive" design.

And by concept, it is essentially the finished GUI. It's already been submitted and chosen as a final 10 in the competition. I for one hope it does not win.

RE: dial
By Brandon Hill on 6/24/2014 11:07:52 AM , Rating: 3
According to the Google+ entry page, it looks as though David Pascuals' concept won... BY FAR. It absolutely clobbered the competition.

For me personally, Pascuals' concept is too visually complex for a relatively small watch face (of course it looks fine blown up, but in real life, eh).

I prefer Dave McCarthy's design:

RE: dial
By hughlle on 6/24/2014 11:38:57 AM , Rating: 2
Rather my issue with smart watches in general. For me, if the watch can't display the text or email, but rather just notify you that you have one, well my life is not that important, i'd just save the money and take my phone out of my pocket periodically. I've never had a moment where i thought "i wish i could see what my phone is doing without touching it", but all of a sudden they're trying to tell us we have been thinking that.

I'd actually have no issue with an LCD watch, everything else about it is a gimmic to me. I'd be rather interested in something like this if it was just that, a watch, with a programmable and changable GIU. No email notifications and heartrate moniters etc.

RE: dial
By retrospooty on 6/24/2014 12:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
I see your point and I wont be getting one either, but I am 99.9% sure you will be able to read your text's and emails on it. Just a smaller screen version of the same apps.

It's sort of a small screen companion to your phone, but doesn't do anything your phone cant already do. Great for fitness apps, joggers etc, but other than that, I cant see a real need for it.

RE: dial
By Flunk on 6/24/2014 10:54:30 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know about that, the main reason people wear watches these days is for fashion and it's not like it can't display other screens to give you information.

RE: dial
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 6/24/2014 10:55:52 AM , Rating: 3
Naah, I want emulated red LEDs or blue VFD, or maybe green/amber CRT.

Also, goldtone case with goldtone strap.

RE: dial
By retrospooty on 6/24/2014 10:59:27 AM , Rating: 1
so... you'd pick a different skin for the main screen then. OK. Good thing there are tons to choose from.

Like this one

Or these...

Or countless others that will be made. The point is, it's not Apple, so you arent stuck with one look.

RE: dial
By tayb on 6/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: dial
By Brandon Hill on 6/24/2014 11:12:29 AM , Rating: 2
Everything shown so far is purely concept art. We don't know if there are any screen options at all.

There are screen options. That's the whole point of the Face Off design contest. From the official Motorola/Google contest page:

One (1) grand prize winner will receive a Moto 360 (ARV $249).* Actual suggested retail price at launch may be substantially different. Nine (9) runner-up winners will receive one (1) $50 Google Play gift card (ARV $50). Both the grand prize winner and runner-up winners entries may be used by Motorola in its sole discretion as a watch face for the Moto 360 and in any marketing, advertising and any other promotional activities by Motorola.

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By retrospooty on 6/24/2014 11:30:08 AM , Rating: 2
That was the link I was looking for and couldnt find... This skin particularly I like

RE: dial
By Spuke on 6/24/2014 12:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
I like that one too.

RE: dial
By retrospooty on 6/25/2014 4:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
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By Spuke on 6/28/2014 10:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet... it won!
Oh nice!

RE: dial
By retrospooty on 6/24/2014 11:28:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, we do. There was even a contest, the winner being added to the initial bunch of skins it comes with on day one.

RE: dial
By BRB29 on 6/24/2014 11:50:36 AM , Rating: 4
1. That's a concept
2. It's digital so I'm sure there's more than one theme to choose from.
3. Buy another watch if you don't like what they offer.

RE: dial
By atechfan on 6/25/2014 4:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
That is a terrible watch face, but who cares? You'll be able to choose from dozens at launch, and probably hundreds once people start skinning it. Sure, the majority of them will also be awful, but surely some really nice ones will emerge.

By Arsynic on 6/24/2014 11:33:12 AM , Rating: 2
Most people expect a watch to work for years without a battery replacement.

Good luck selling a watch that needs to be charged nightly.

By Brandon Hill on 6/24/2014 11:42:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think the wireless angle makes this more viable. Instead of plugging it in, you just lay it on your night stand.

It might not seem like much of a difference to us tech geeks (simply plugging in a cable, versus laying it on a mat), but to the general public it could make a difference.

But I do see your point though, I have a 12+ year-old Pulsar solar analog watch -- I haven't had to change the battery since the day I bought it. It's been going nonstop for over a decade which I find admirable.

I love this concept!
By rountad on 6/24/2014 5:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
Now I won't miss my meeting at 0pm.

Qi charging standard
By donxvi on 6/24/2014 8:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
And for those that may, like me, not remember who uses which standard... This means you won't be able to refresh your watch at Starbucks.

FWIW, My Galaxy Gear 1 is at 36% battery after 12.5 hours.

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