O Moto 360 it seemed to indicate an exciting future for Android Wear smart watches, now Wear OS; instead, Google kind of abandoned the platform, and Motorola gave up wearables. The round-screen smartwatch is back, but licensed by a Canadian company called eBuyNow.
The new Moto 360 has a fully circular screen, without the “flat tire” of previous generations, along with a heart rate monitor, GPS and NFC for mobile payments.
The 1.2 inch OLED touchscreen has a 360 x 360 resolution and offers the option to always be active, using less energy while keeping the interface in black and white when you are not using it.
Here we find two buttons on the side of the watch: one is rotating, allowing you to navigate the interface just like on Fossil watches or on the Apple Watch. The bottom button is for opening apps quickly.
The processor is the Snapdragon Wear 3100, launched by Qualcomm a year ago; rumors say she prepares a new generation called Wear 3300. There are 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. The stainless steel body will be available in black, silver and rose gold.
Moto 360 has Wear OS and fast battery recharge
Like its predecessors, the Moto 360 runs Wear OS. The system received its biggest update last year with version 2.0; since then, Google has added widgets to the interface and fixed some bugs.
The 355 mAh battery promises to last all day, and has an economy mode that shows only hours for up to 3 days. In addition, it has fast recharging, ranging from 0% to 100% in just one hour with the included wireless charger.
The box also comes with two bracelets, one leather and one rubber. However, the Moto 360 will be expensive: $ 350 when it arrives in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom in December. Pre-order starts next month at Moto360.com.
You probably don’t know eBuyNow; I had never heard of it either. This e-commerce company is based in Canada and has 15 years of existence, working on projects from Microsoft, Intel and Samsung.
It is also behind Motorola Home, a brand focused on baby monitors, security cameras and landline phones. EBuyNow is now expanding this partnership with Motorola by relaunching the Moto 360.
Motorola, meanwhile, gave up wearables after being acquired by Lenovo. The company said in 2016 that there was not enough appeal to develop a new model each year.