2Meet the Motorola Moto 360
The Moto 360 has a circular, stainless-steel–rimmed watch face, a single (very watch-like button) on its side, and no microUSB port, suggesting wireless charging. Unlike with a traditional watch, lefties suffer nothing with the 360; they can flip the watch upside down, to make the button face out, and the user interface will flip to accommodate them.
3Above All, a Watch
4Hello, Moto. Er, Google.
5Navigation on the Go
Google Maps integration is a given. Also expect what Motorola calls “contextually relevant information,” based on where you are, or what your calendar says is about to happen. Users will also be able to interact with their social networks, set an appointment, set an alarm, play music and take a note.
7The Lessons Motorola Has Learned
According to Wicks, everything Motorola learned from (its unsuccessful sports watch) the Moto ACTV—including power management, touchless control and integrated sensors—went into the Moto X, and everything it learned from the Moto X has gone into the Moto 360. A pedometer, offering users information about steps taken and calories burned, is included, and one imagines that developers will create plenty of health-related apps.
Google says it hopes developers will use Android Wear to create functionalities users have never seen before. While not mind-blowing, one fun use that Google shows off in its video is a woman telling her watch to open her garage door as she cycles up to it. (Motorola Mobility, which was recently purchased by Lenovo from Google, says it was working on the 360 before it learned about Android Wear.)
9Coming This Summer
The Moto 360 is water-resistant and will work with all Motorola smartphones, as well as all Android devices running version 4.3 or later. For additional details, it seems the world will need to wait until the summer.