When the first Android Wear watches hit the streets it didn’t take long for hackers to figure out how to root the watches, unlock their bootloaders, and install custom ROMS and recoveries. After all, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are running a version of Android, and they have USB cables.
The new Moto 360 is a tougher nut to crack. Since it uses wireless charging, there’s no easy way to plug in a USB cable and enable USB debugging (although there is support for Bluetooth debugging).
But Daniel Padilla figured out how to create a custom cable that connects to the unused USB pins on the Moto 360 — and he’s unlocked the bootloader.
This paves the way for installing custom firmware that can change the behavior of Motorola’s smartwatch. At the very least, it could allow users to install a custom recovery which will make it easier to backup, restore, or flash software updates to your device manually.
The Moto 360 is a $250 watch with a 1.56 inch, 320 x 290 pixel round display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and a TI OMAP 3 processor. It’s one of the best looking smartwatches on the market at the moment… at least for fans of traditional watch design. And now we know it’s also a hackable device… for folks who want to build their own cables and risk breaking their hardware or messing up the software.