moto 360 2nd generation

Moto 360 2nd generation 2015 what to expect

The last few weeks speculations have been going around about the new and upcoming Moto 360 (2015). A second edition of Motorolas best selling smartwatch would not be very surprising as the first version of the Moto 360 has been a great success. The round Motorola smartwatch was the first smartwatch that could live up to the expectations of being both stylish and smart. Rumour has it that the second Moto 360 generation will still be brought out by Motorola this year and could be presented to the general public within the coming few weeks. The first “pictures” of the new smartwatch have already started circulating on the web.

The round Motorola smartwatch was the first to be both stylish and truly smart

After about 6 months of wearing the first version of the Moto 360, there are a number of things that I would love to see in the next version. Let me walk you through the changes that I would love to see in the next Moto 360, for the sake of simplicity I will just call it the Moto 360 II (2015 edition).

Specifications of the Moto 360 II (2015 edition)

There are a few things that I would love to have in a smartphone. One thing that I find that is missing is an ever so small speaker. The fact that the Moto 360 I (2014 edition) is a pure one-way piece of equipment annoys me from time to time. What I do not really like all that much about the smartwatch that I currently have is that I cannot answer the phone with it. Yes I know, that is what a phone is for, but everytime someone calls me – my watch starts vibrating and asks me if I would like to answer or not – I swipe from right to left to answer the call and then remember that the watch does not have a speaker function and I have to get my smartphone out. I just cannot get used to that.

I would really love to have a small speaker in the Moto 360 II

Next to that, I use my Moto 360 together with Google Maps for directions. It is very easy to set up and ask for directions by simply asking my watch: “Okay Google, navigate me to the central station” and off we go. Now, every time there is a turn up ahead or I pass a crossing I notice that I look at my watch and hope for it to magically tell me what to do. Yes it does vibrate when I am supposed turn right or left, but that is simply not the same (as good) as getting the directions from a simple voice command.

Stronger and more standalone apps are also at the top of the list. This is surely something that is also strongly dependent on Google and Co. but it would be great to have a Google Maps app on  my watch without needing to use the phone itself. A small map of the surroundings (top-view) and the possibility to pinch and zoom would be fantastic. I would then not have to get my phone out anymore and the smaller screen would surely suffice for that.

I would also love it a lot if the new version of the Moto 360 (should we call it II or 2015?), would be waterproof. Every time it rains, I think twice about wearing it. I know that that is not logical and the watch will surely not break due to a few splashes of water, but as it is a timepiece with quite a bit of electronics in it – I always think twice about putting on my smartwatch when it is raining cats and dogs.

Let’s hope the next version will be even better than the next one. Which features would you like to see in the next Moto 360 (2015 version) release? Is there something that you feel is missing or wrong with the current Motorola flagship smart watch?

Note: Header images from Android Central

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Remco

I am a gadget fan, early adopter of things I think the world might need some day. Sports fan and enjoy a good glass of wine.

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