On Monday night, Google took the tech world by storm by announcing its first foray into the wearable space with Android Wear. Moments after the announcement, Motorola announced the Moto 360, the first smartwatch to run on the Android Wear OS. Though details were scarce at the time, last night Motorola hosted a Google Hangout with lead designer Jim Wicks, who answered questions and revealed his inspiration behind the round design. Also Read - Moto E20 with 6.5-inch HD+ display, Android 11 Go Edition launchedAlso Read - TCL cancelled its clamshell foldable phone, aimed to take on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
One of the first things that we noticed (and loved!) on the Moto 360 was the round display. Unlike the boxier Samsung Gear 2 or Pebble, the Moto 360 actually looks like a watch. That round circular iconic shape people associate with time was important to us, Wicks said. Why go against the current, when 80 percent of the watches that are sold in the world are round watches. Also Read - 5 best gaming smartphones on a budget to buy in India in September 2021
Wicks revealed that the watch will come with changeable straps, which means buyers can choose from different designs and sizes when buying the smartwatch. The teaser ads all showed the smartwatch being worn on the left hand, but for people who prefer wearing it on the right; the user interface simply reorients itself. Motorola has also made the smartwatch sturdy and water repellant, which means it will be able to withstand that accidental splash of water.
In terms of functionality, the smartwatch will be compatible with any Android smartphone running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and above. It doesn t have a camera though, as the company believes, Looking at everything, it didn’t seem necessary. Also unlike other smartwatches, the Moto 360 has been built keeping in mind that it is a watch; hence the first screen always shows the time.
As we have reported before, Android Wear has Google Now deeply integrated so the watch will keep showing up contextual information, not unlike the Moto X. Also very similar to the Motorola flagship, the smartwatch will keep listening for you to say, Ok Google to wake up and listen to your voice command.
Wicks again confirmed that the Moto 360 will be available globally this summer, with the initial roll out to start in the US. But the smartwatch would only be shipped in limited quantities at the beginning.
You can watch entire interview in the video embedded below.