Moto 360

Moto 360 nearly ready to ship to I/O 2014 attendees

Moto 360 nearly ready to ship to I/O 2014 attendees

At Google I/O this year, the crowd was given their choice of a LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live to take home. That was met with some light enthusiasm, but when those sitting at the keynote found out they’d get a Moto 360 sent to them — well, they went absolutely nuts. Motorola has begun sending out notices, telling everyone to expect theirs soon.

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Moto 360 wireless charging and heart sensor confirmed

Moto 360 wireless charging and heart sensor confirmed

Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch may have wowed us with its round display, but some of the key details about the Android Wear timepiece have been conspicuous by their absence ahead of its release later this year. Thankfully what Motorola declines to confirm, examples of the watch in the wild are happy to reveal, like the fact that the Moto 360 will get a neat desktop cradle which will use inductive charging to keep it powered up.

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The MOTO 360 is Motorola’s new RAZR

The MOTO 360 is Motorola’s new RAZR

Getting wearable critics cooing is difficult, but Motorola seems to have struck a nerve with the MOTO 360. The circular smartwatch may, at its heart, be simply another Android Wear device, yet its enthusiastic embracing of a new form-factor and the technologies to enable it have already cast a shadow over models from LG and Samsung. For once, buyers are planning to hold out and wait for the Motorola option, something increasingly rare in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung. In fact, you have to go a long way back in Motorola’s history to find anything similar: back to 2004, and the RAZR V3.

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Why I’m Waiting for the Moto 360 (and You Should, Too)

Why I’m Waiting for the Moto 360 (and You Should, Too)

At the Google I/O conference this week, the search company showed off Android Wear, the latest Android iteration and the technology that it hopes, will carry it to the top of the wearable marketplace. To help it get the platform there, Google has enlisted the help of three companies – Samsung, Motorola, and LG. All three of the firms have built hardware, but two of the companies – LG and Samsung – are actually offering their products right now.

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Official Moto 360 video: round watch, not a round screen

Official Moto 360 video: round watch, not a round screen

The Moto 360 is a gorgeous piece of kit, we’ll give it that. A classic shape that reminds us of a simpler timepiece, the 360 is hotly anticipated. The cheers at I/O when Developers heard Google would ship them one once they came available was enough to remind us this one is already a winner. Is it really round, though? Sort of.

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