Motorola Teases the Moto 360 Smartwatch, Featuring the Android Wear OS

Motorola Moto 360

Google announced its new Android Wear operating system earlier this week, and at the same time, Motorola provided a few details and some very exciting pictures of the Moto 360, one of the first smartwatches to use the software.

Motorola’s dedicated webpage gave little away, but it promised to tell us more during a live Google Hangouts session to be held on 19 March. After a few technical difficulties, the show got started during the early evening, and lasted for just over 20 minutes.

However, it wasn’t quite as exciting as we hoped, and Motorola decided not to show the Moto 360 in any detail at all. Instead, a member of the team talked about its design, the influences, and a few technical details. If you’re hoping to learn hard facts, then you’ll have to be patient.

The most striking thing about the Moto 360 is its round watch face, an unusual feature on modern smartwatches, which Motorola says will help people feel more comfortable with the device. Additionally, it also provides a larger viewing area than a square display. It’s a touchscreen, but the Moto 360 will also listen to your voice, just like Google Glass or the Moto X.

Motorola has made the Moto 360 waterproof, fitted a leather strap which you can swap out for one of your own choice, and promises decent battery life. Although it wasn’t explicitly mentioned, wireless charging sounds like a distinct possibility too.

Sadly, Motorola will launch the Moto 360 in the U.S. first, and while there are plans for a global release, it won’t come straight away. It’s the same strategy it took with the Moto X. We can expect to hear lots more about the Moto 360 before its anticipated summer release. You can take a look at a video of the Hangouts session below.

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