Motorola Releases the 2nd Gen Moto 360

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The 2nd Gen Moto 360 comes in four different models and with Moto Maker treatment. The Sport model with interesting display is launching later.

Motorola has updated their Moto 360 lineup at IFA 2015. Unlike rumored previously, the Moto 360 doesn’t have the S or L letter after it, but customers can still choose the size they want. The normal 360 comes in three different models, the large one is the same 46mm diameter as last years but the small version and the women’s version have the smaller 42mm diameter. The women’s version also has a narrower band.

The only hardware button is moved up to two o’clock position to prevent unwanted pressing of the button. The most noticeable difference between the 2015 and 2014 models is the addition of the new external clips that the bands attach on. In the previous model the band was difficult to replace because the tiny pin used to remove the band were inside the device. Motorola has also added quick-release bands with easy to use pins.

Tech specs are more impressive than last year as the ancient TI OMAP processor has been ditched and the 2015 model has a Snapdragon 400 SoC with 512MB of RAM. The battery size depends on the size, the 42mm diameter watch has a 300mAh battery as the 46mm watch has a 400mAh one. Both sizes have 4GB of storage.

The Moto 360 is fully customizable with Moto Maker. In addition to size and width of the watch band, customers can also choose the bezel and case colors and change the band color and material. Prices start at $299 for the smaller model and $349 for the larger.

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Motorola also introduced the Moto 360 Sport that will launch later with the Motorola AnyLight display. The display uses two different display technologies and chooses the better suitable for ambient conditions automatically. The normal LCD display is used indoors and in the conditions with a lot of ambient light, the display will reflect the natural light to improve readability in direct sunlight.

The Sport model also has a different design with rubber bands and sporty looks. It also has built in GPS and Motorola fitness apps.

Source: Motorola

Samsung Releases the Gear S2

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Samsung has released three Gear S2 models. The watch will be available in two different designs and with or without 3G capabilities. 

The Gear S2 pictured above is the normal model. It has a very simplistic and sporty design with a circular display, simple color scheme and simple default watch face. The Gear S2 has two buttons on the right side and a microphone between them. The back has the usual heart rate sensor and the strap is rubber. The color options are grey with a grey watch band or silver with a white watch band. The bezel is rotating and used to control the watch.

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The Gear S2 classic is the more premium looking watch with genuine leather band and stealthy black color. The rotating bezel also has some grooves to offer more grip.

The third model is the 3G model but we don’t know which design it uses as the Samsung press release does not tell that.

The technical specifications are top notch with 1.2″ 360 x 360 Super AMOLED circular display, dual core 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The WiFi and NFC only models have 250mAh battery and the 3G model pack a 300mAh juicer. Both the designs are IP68 cetrified against water and dust. All the models run Tizen OS and have the rotating bezel to control the user interface.

The Gear S2 measures at 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm and 47g. The classic model is a little smaller at 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4mm and 42g. The 3G model is a little more substantial with 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm and 51g measurements.

As we don’t have any information about pricing or availability we are left just hoping that Samsung won’t copy the Apple Watch’s prices or Note 5’s availability. Obviously the sporty normal model is going to be more affordable than the classic model but Samsung says that they are working with partners to bring a wide variety of watch bands to replace that cheap looking plastic strap with something more beautiful if the classic model appears to be too expensive.

Source: Samsung Press Release

Android Wear is now Available for iOS

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Google has just announced that the Android Wear app is now available for iOS. IPhone users are no longer stuck with a square display at their wrists.

At the moment the only officially compatible Android Wear watch is the LG Watch Urbane but some have already got a Moto 360 working with an iPhone. The iPhone needs to be 5 or newer and run iOS 8.2 or newer.

Android Wear brings some new features that Apple Watch does not have like “OK Google” voice commands and a circular display. Mostly it’s still the same, notifications and lots of fitness applications at your wrist with poor battery life.

Sources: Official Google Blog, The Verge

The New Moto 360 Appears in Photos

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One of the most anticipated wearables of the year is the new Moto 360. Now the beautiful smartwatch shows up in leaked images. 

Motorola Moto 360 was one of the best Android Wear devices last year. Its successor has been rumored for a while now and we were a little disappointed with Motorola not revealing the device with the new Moto phones a few weeks ago.

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The new Moto 360 appears to come in two sizes, 360L and 360S. In the photo above, the smaller Moto 360S is joined by the old Moto 360. The larger 360L will be the same size as the current 360. The hardware button has been moved higher to the right side to prevent misclicking the button.

Unfortunately for some, Motorola has not been able to remove the “flat tire” from the bottom edge. To keep the bezels as thin, the digitizer needs to be placed in that little black area below the display.

The new smartwatches are expected to be released in IFA next week.

Sources: Facebook | Google Plus

Via: 9to5Google

Samsung Teased Gear S2

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At the Note 5 and S6 edge+ event Samsung also teased the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch. The round smartwatch packs an understated metal design.

The Note 5 event wasn’t just official news. Only things we really know about the teased Gear S2 smartwatch are its name and that it’ll be announced at IFA in Berlin next month.

 

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We have heard a lot of rumors about rotating bezel and in the teaser video, the screen capture looked like it was using the rotating bezel as controls. The official teaser pictures also showed two buttons on the side of the device. We can guess that the device will run some version of Tizen and it’ll be compatible with only Samsung smartphones and tablets.

The thing we are really looking for is the battery life. Has Samsung sorted out the biggest shortcoming of smartwatches, the poor battery life?  Also, does the Gear S2 somehow include the Samsung Pay and will it copy Apple Watch’s price? I’m sure Samsung will need to have lower price to sell a single one of these. Trying beat Apple with similar prices is a direct sentence to fail.