Motorola’s next smartwatch may be coming soon… and now we have a pretty good idea of what it could look like.
The company posted a message on Twitter (which has since been deleted), showing a watch that looks kind of like the original Moto 360, except the crown is higher up than on the original and the lugs (the things where the watch band is attached) are larger.
OK, that could have just been a graphic design error… but it’s been about a year since the first Moto 360 was released, it’s been subject to a major price drop, we’ve seen numerous hints that new models are on the way… and now 9to5Google notes that two new Moto 360 devices just passed through the Brazilian equivalent of the FCC.
It sure seems like something’s about to happen.
The listings at Brazil’s Anetel wireless regulatory agency mention two different models, the 360S and the 360L. It seems likely that this means the watches will come in two sizes: small and large.
There aren’t a lot of other details, but the new models are said to feature Bluetooth LE support. 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a 270 mAh battery in the smaller model and a 375 mAh battery in the larger version. The original Moto 360, by the way, had a 320 mAh battery.
One thing that doesn’t seem to have changed? If the deleted Tweet is accurate, it looks like the new phone will have a round display… but it’ll still have a “flat tire” look, thanks to a black bar at the bottom of the screen.
Flat tire = no buy
The flat tire never bothered me but the battery life is awful. One day isn’t enough for me
Serious question: Am I just out of touch, but is there anyone you know who wears a smartwatch? I’ve only noticed one person wearing one (an Apple Watch), but maybe I just haven’t noticed other people wearing them.
I’m baffled that the device makers are still keeping at it, despite that it appears there remains questionable interest for smartwatches by the public, including Apple’s.
I’ve seen 3 android smart watches, and at least 1 fitness band thing, zero apple watches (although it’s possible it’s hard to distinguish that from $5 watches).
Firstly installed userbase always takes a long time to grow, even if something’s selling well it takes a while to start seeing them about. Secondly companies are interested in the prospect of long term growth. Thirdly, in what sense is a product only worth doing if lots of people have them? There are lots of products that remain a niche, but they still exist. I’m sure the companies themselves know how many are being sold – the market is already in the millions – which is a better judge than “people I know” (most people won’t bother even telling you what they have, unless it’s an apple user of course in which case it has to be broadcast to all and sundry). I think most companies are doing the sensible thing at this stage and getting sales from the early adopters who’ll read about them on tech sites rather than advertising them widely, except apple who have to desperately ram it down people’s throats every 10 minutes even though as you say most people aren’t interested in them at this stage of development.
We have a bunch who uses them at work(seen Pebble, Apple, Sony, Samsung and LG), but I work in IT so interest is a bit higher here.
With new tech like this it takes time to learn how to make it right, and avoid mistakes. If you make your first smart watch once “everyone” uses them, you will start from scratch while others have years of experience of making them. Looking at app developers for example, the ones who are successful today, often started with apps when the iPhone was new. Rovio who did Angry birds released 51 games before Angry birds.
On top of this it’s marketing, when Android came very few people here(Sweden) knew who HTC was, but since it was the first company to build Android phones, they soon became the most known Android phone company, while Sony Ericsson who was one of the most popular and known(once again, here in Sweden, Swedish company after all. 🙂 ) phone company released an Android device after they went mainstream and noone cared. It’s dangerous to be too slow in todays tech market. Unless you are Apple ofc, but they are really good at what they do, and know their own consumer base.
I can’t believe they kept the flat tire at the bottom. There were so many negative comments about it that I thought they would have been eager to get rid of it on the next version.
I hope this isn’t it. I was waiting for the second version hoping they would have “patched” the tire. Their rationale for why the screen can’t be there doesn’t hold water anyway; the sensors could be located on the rim.
Really? How many circular no-bezel in-flat-tire android wear watches have you made?
You don’t need to make a round watch yourself to know it is doable because other manufacturers have done it. If Moto releases a next generation round watch with the flat tire, it will be inexcusable.
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