US based tech vendor Motorola seems to be an early OEM in joining hands with Google to utilize the new Android Wear smartwatch SDK. Of course, this could not be a surprise for many in the industry as Google acquired the firm. Well, after LG, Motorola becomes the latest one to jump into the bandwagon of making smartwatches with its first ever smartwatch called Moto 360 featuring a round design.
The Moto 360 smartwatch is based on the Android Wear that extends the support of Android operating system to wearable devices. Lately, LG unveiled the G Watch and it is also driven by the Android Wear SDK as the Motorola offering. The smartwatch has a round face design and it is built using premium materials.
It has been announced that the Motorola smartwatch will be available in different styles across the globe starting from summer 2014, after its initial launch in the US. However, there is no word on the pricing of the Moto 360 yet.
Talking about the features of Moto 360, the smartwatch has comes with the “Ok Google” voice control feature. This allows users to carry out a voice search, get directions, send a text or play a track simply by saying a voice command. Also, the Moto 360 displays notifications and alerts instantly besides showing who is actually calling or sending a mail. Hence, with the Moto 360, users can get to know all the updates and incoming calls, texts and emails while the phone is still intact in their pocket. Right now, it is not clear if there is direct voice calling capability in the smartwatch.
Commenting about the Moto 360, Google has revealed that the company is working with several brands such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG to make smartwatches that are powered by the Android Wear software later in 2014. It was also mentioned that the search engine giant is working with chip manufacturers such as Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, MediaTek and Imagination apart from fashion brands like Fossil Group for future smartwatch models running on Android Wear.