With the Moto 360, Motorola has nailed the brief on styling as well as functionality.
Motorola revealed additional details regarding the Moto 360 in a Hangouts session yesterday. One of the main differences between the Moto 360 and other smartwatches we have seen thus far is that the Moto 360 looks and feels like a traditional watch.
Jim Wicks, Motorola’s design chief, mentioned during the session that one of the key elements when designing the Moto 360 was the ability to attract mainstream users. “In designing this timepiece, we felt it was important to not to try to defy gravity,” Wicks said. “You don’t want to make consumers change for this tech. We want to make this tech map for them.”
The Moto 360 will also feature an always-on screen that will by default show the time. With a watchface diameter of 46 mm, the watch is leaning toward the larger end of the scale. The device runs on Google’s Android Wear, which according to the demo shown off by Wicks, features a cards-based interface. While all software features of the watch were not showcased, it is clear that the Moto 360 is fast, at least as far as the UI navigation is concerned.
Customizability will also be a major feature of the Moto 360, as the smartwatch will feature interchangeable bands. Leather as well as steel bands will be available. The device will be water resistant, which means that while it will survive the occasional splash of water, it will not be waterproof.
Another major change on the Moto 360 is that it will work with all Android devices running 4.3 Jelly Bean and above and not just Motorola’s handsets. Wicks also revealed that the Moto 360 does not have any USB interface to charge the device. It is likely that the device will utilize the Qi wireless charging standard, considering that Motorola is one of the members of the Wireless Power Consortium.
There has been no indication of a version of the Moto 360 that will be tailored to women, but Wicks did mention that “plenty of women are buying larger watches.” Pricing of the watch wasn’t announced during the session, but the device will launch sometime in the summer. Here’s the 22-minute video of the Hangouts: