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.
It can be tough to get excited sometimes in the consumer tech world, particularly in the "me-too" wearables segment, but MOTO 360 stands out like a concept made real. Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch will follow on behind LG and Samsung's models, and isn't due until sometime over the summer, but from my first impressions here at Google I/O it may well prove worth waiting for.
Lenovo has been working on its own Glass-style wearable, patenting a head-mounted display with twin transparent screens that could capture audio and video. Billed somewhat vaguely as an "Electronic device and sound capturing method" the unnamed wearable uses bond-conduction to record audio and what look to be a set of Lumus displays to give feedback to the user, allowing for true augmented reality rather than just the floating notifications Google's Glass offers.
Android Wear is open source, and Motorola wants design to be as well. The company recently held a contest to discover who could come up with the best face design for their new wearable. The ten finalists have been revealed, and we have to say — deciding a winner won’t be easy.
Ready for a new Motorola flagship? The Moto X is still a favorite, but it’s high time for a refresh. A new batch of leaked images show what’s believed to be the followup, unofficially dubbed the X+1. In addition to the video, we’re also getting details on what the potential specs will be.
A smartphone for the cost-conscious. Going SIM-free and eschewing carrier subsidies has been slow to catch on in the US, but with T-Mobile USA’s “Uncarrier” movement gaining pace, perhaps the time is right for handsets that bear their true sticker price. Motorola is aiming big with the Moto E, but it’s walking a cautious and tricky balance between specs and savings.
Motorola is really, and suspiciously, stirring up some dust around its still current flagship, the Moto X. The company has now officially launched two new gimmicks for the smartphone, including the leaked 64 GB option as well as a chance to try out a Moto X with a deposit of only $0.01.