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While enthusiasts scream "enough already," Motorola is putting the finishing touches on its Android Wear device

The tech community is eagerly awaiting the launch of the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch, which is powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system. You could just feel the excitement during Google I/O whenever the Moto 360 was displayed. Even more telling was when it was announced that Google I/O attendees would receive either an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live for free — there was a slight round of “applause” from the audience.
 
However, when it was announced that the Moto 360 would also be given away for free to attendees, the crowd was definitely more pumped — almost as if they had just received a truckload of loot from “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” When it was announced earlier in the presentation that the Moto 360 wouldn’t be shipping until later this summer, the crowd was ready to pull out their pitchforks.

 
There’s no doubt that style is one of the big reasons why the Moto 360 has captured so much attention from tech enthusiasts and the press. Whereas the G Watch and Gear Live look unimaginative and decidedly “geeky,” the Moto 360 tries its best to look like a traditional timepiece.
 
In a short teaser video, Motorola explains its thought process behind the design of the Moto 360 and why the round design was chosen for its first foray into smartwatches.

 
Motorola’s project lead for the Moto 360, Lior Ron, describes that the round shape is “super comfortable” and allows for “self-expression on a wrist.”
 
By all accounts, the reviews suggest that the G Watch and Gear Live perform as you would expect for products that were seemingly rushed to the market. While Motorola’s decision to take it slow with the development and release of the Moto 360 may annoy the fans that are wiling to drop $250+ for the device, it appears that the company wants to make sure it gets it right the first time and doesn’t release an unfinished product.

Source: Motorola via YouTube



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RE: This thing looks cool but...
By techxx on 7/10/2014 4:55:53 PM , Rating: 4
That's a pretty unimaginative and limited view of the potential smart watches have to offer. Consider these:
- View and dismiss notifications on your phone, from your watch
- When using it as GPS when driving or walking around, you can glance at your wrist without fiddling around with your phone
- Safer driving in general... glancing at your wrist to read a text, missed calls, or anything else helps keep attention on the road
- Improved battery for your phone... you would be amazed how much battery you can save by keeping your phone display off more often
- Health tracking, pedometer, etc... FitBit worried I'm sure
- Check your phone notifications in a movie theater from the watch or in a group setting without having to take your phone out
- Super quick voice memos

These are just some of the BASIC things to look forward to. I'm eager to see how this technology will evolve in the near future. With that said, I'm eager to get the Moto 360.


By retrospooty on 7/10/2014 6:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, we all know that can do that stuff. But your entire premise hinges on the shaky point that it's so difficult to take out your phone and look at it. I'm sorry it's just not. What you have is a smartphone OS on your wrist with a tiny screen and not all of the functionality of a smartphone. And we all already have the smartphone in our pocket.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy one. If you want one absolutely buy one. I just don't think most people will see it as a great convenience.


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