Great news for prospective buyers of Android Wear-based smartwatches, as various reports suggest LG’s G Watch and Motorola’s Moto 360 will be getting quite the distribution push stateside over the next few months.
Unveiled simultaneously with the LG G Watch, the Moto 360 was initially believed to drop at the same time as its square, slightly uglier “brother”. But as Google I/O approached, and G Watch information kept trickling out, while Moto 360 intel didn’t, it started to become obvious the latter would be a bit late to the glitzy Android Wear launch party.
How late? According to Big G’s own statements during the I/O keynote, the sleek, round wearable piece is due “later this summer”. Sooo, August? Phone Arena says so, after getting in touch with mystery “sources”, and the timing suggests the Moto 360 won’t fly solo on its way to market.
The customizable, leather-backed (among others) Moto X+1 smartphone should chaperone it, and to ensure solid distribution muscle, Motorola, which is not yet Lenovo property, will be selling it via Moto Maker.
That likely means you’ll be able to personalize the 360, although we highly doubt you’ll have a very wide array of paint jobs at your disposal. Instead, users will need to choose between various wristbands (leather, metal, rubber), and perhaps tweak the overall design somewhat, going for stainless steel or “black” body configurations.
Let’s hope Motorola isn’t thinking of making its rookie smartwatch effort a Moto Maker exclusive, and fingers crossed it’ll also be available through Google’s Play Store
As for the LG G Watch, already up for grabs on Google Play and shipping July 3, word on the street is at least two major American wireless carriers are interested in picking it up. The two biggest: AT&T and Verizon.
We don’t believe they’ll charge any less than Google (i.e. $229 a pop), but maybe they’ll bundle the thing together with, say, the G3 handheld, shaving a few bucks off the ensemble’s regular list price.