Problems pairing moto360 with iphone 7

There appeared to be some problems with the Motorola 360 Second generation. The issue at hand at the moment is that the Moto 360 cannot be connected to the iPhone seven. The online magazine the verge has reported that there appear to be some issues with the fossil Q and the Moto 360 to pair with the iPhone seven and the iPhone 7+.

Owners like myself of the android Smart watch have able to use their Smart watches with iPhone devices since Apple added iOS support back in August of last year.

Apple already seems to have had some problems with the release of IOS 10.0 and android watches. Google says that it is aware of the serious pairing issues.

Apple does not lets users fully use the IOS system on their android watches, but you can show some notifications on your watch if you would like. Maybe this was a problem that Apple was not aware of before releasing the iPhone seven or their new software version. The android compatibility has been a little bit of a problem child for Apple.

Although the market for smartwatches is predominantly dominated by android devices, Apple does not seem to care much about this ecosystem. We do hope that Apple will step up the game and help android users use their smart watches a lot better than they are doing at the moment. The android Smart watches simply look a lot better than the ones that Apple are producing at the moment.

Android Smart watches are faster, better looking, and better value for money than the Apple watch. Lets let’s hope that they fix this problem soon. We will keep you posted!

New rumours about the Moto 360 2

The Moto 360 2 might be the most anticipated smartwatch on the planet after Apple showed off their first product a few months back and is slowly rolling that out to customers world wide.

The Moto 360 has gotten quite a bit of traction in recent years though and is one, if not the most beautiful smartwatch on the face of the earth at the moment.

Rumours has it that the Moto 360 2…

Rumour has it that the Moto 360 2 will be launched later this summer, the strong price drops indicate that Motorola are selling off their stock and preparing for a new product launch.

Motorola’s parent company, Lenovo, has even offered some hints as to when the watch might drop. Late last year, Lenovo executive Gleb Mishin, suggested the as yet unconfirmed device would go on sale in “early 2015” with a “modified design”.

Rumour has it the Moto 360 second generation will already be unveiled at the Google I/O on the 28th/29th of May.

Rumour has it the Moto 360’s edition 2015 will be released by the end of July. This is highly speculative, but could well be true given the tremendous interest in the Apple Watch link to store.

Rumour has it the Moto 360 II will be launched this summer (2015)

Rumour has it that the Moto 360 2 will indeed have a far superior screen to that which is currently in the Motorola smartwatch. The pixel density will be increased to over 245 ppi (that of the LG Urbane), which will make it nearly impossible for the naked eye to see the individual pixels on the watch face. The current Moto 360 only has a pixel per inch density of 205 ppi.

Rumour has it the Moto 360 2 will be named Moto 360 II.

Rumour has it the Moto 360 II will come in two sizes, a smaller one for women or men with very skinny wrists, and a more masculine one with a larger watch face – easier to read. The larger version will probably be the one to go with if you are looking for the better user experience.

The latest rumours suggest that the Moto 360 will become a part of Moto Maker, allowing users to design their own smart watch. Users will be able to choose between gold, silver or black metal for the body of the watch, as well as choosing from the same colours for a metal band or a leather band.

The black bar at the bottom of the Moto 360 will disappear 

Rumour has it, the Moto 360 II will have a loudspeaker in it and will be able to make and take calls, something the current Moto 360 is not able to do and for some is an obvious deal breaker (although I don’t really know why, because that is not the most practical use for a watch and looks damn right silly in public).

Rumour has it the leather straps can easily be replaced and clipped onto the Moto 360 2 within a matter of seconds. Cool if you would like to change the band to the cloths you are wearing and make you watch fit your OOTD.

Rumour has it the watch will be a lot thinner and have a smaller bezel. The current Moto 360 model is a little bit thick for some people’s liking and Lenovo are looking to change that with the second generation of their most successful smartwatch to date.

Rumour has it, and this will be a huge relief for many: the small black bar at the bottom of the display will disappear and the Moto 360 2 will finally be entirely round.

The black bar at the bottom is there due to limitations of screen technology. Moto had to reserve a small area from the circle as a place to house components for the screen. It results in a small flat spot on the bottom of the circle.

Rumour has it the new Moto 360 will have substantially longer and better battery life than the first version. The use of a round or hexagonal battery, similar to that which LG presented recently, would double the battery life of the smartwatch.

We hope that we might actually be able to wear it for a full weekend without desperately needing to put your watch in the charging dock every evening.

The current Moto 360 is having quite a few battery drainage issues after the Android Wear 5.1.1. update. Here you will find a short tutorial on how to fix your battery problems if you are experiencing any.

Update July 18th: Rumour has it the new Moto 360 will be priced between $250 and $300 just like the first generation. The price cuts on the current model to as low as $120-149 are a strong indication for the release of a next version to be released very soon.

Update July 18th: Rumour has it the Moto 360 2 will be released in August/September of 2015. The first launch date that we thought it could be released at was the Google I/O on May 28th/29th, but there was no sign of the new super stylish smartwatch.

Update July 19th: rumor has it the new Moto 360 will be released at a Lenovo press conference on July 28th! Here is the source: link

Any other rumours?

Maybe you have heard some other rumours on the Moto 360 2? Feel free to add them in the comment section below. I am already very excited about the launch of this great product and fingers crossed that ALL of these rumours will come true.

Moto 360 2 release date, price and news: First Generation drops to 120$

The next generation Moto 360 seems to be coming our way ever more quickly. The latest price drop of the most sought after smartwatch of the last 12 months to only 120$ (down from 249$) shows that Motorola are trying to get rid of their stock probably preparing for the next big thing to hit the shelves very soon.

The second generation Moto 360 is codenamed SMELT

Rumor has it that the Moto 360 II, which is codenamed internally at Motorola to “SMELT” will feature a higher resolution display of 360×360 pixel. The new wearable is expected to be powered by an ARM v7 processor and run on Android 5.1.x.

The codename “Smelt” is supposed to refer to molten metal as the Moto 360 II is expected to come with an all metal build.

Moto 360 second generation to come in two sizes

The second version of the Moto 360 is said to come in two different sizes, much like the Apple Watch that has come out just recently and is still being rolled out to many countries around the globe.

Motorola executive Adrienne Hayes (SVP of global Marketing) had earlier confirmd that the second generation Moto 360 would be significantly smaller than its predecessor and will come in two size models. She had even said that it is to come with a gold finishing on offer as well – much like the Apple Watch.

Moto 360 would be significantly smaller than its predecessor and will come in two size models (Adrienne Hayes, SVP of Global Marketing Motorola)

A smaller size would tailor to women and (and those with smaller wrists) opening up an entirely new market segment for the Moto 360 that is currently predominantly used by tech-loving men.

Further price cuts for the Moto 360

Lenovo has confirmed that the Moto 360 2015 would be unveiled this summer and the huge price cuts on the current Moto 360 seem to indicate that the launch is well on track. Motorola has dropped the price of the Moto 360 price to $120, marking a discount of $130 over its original launch price of $250.

The Moto 360 available for $149 at Motorola, Amazon and the Google Store is the basic leather band variant, while the Moto 360 with a metal band sells for an additional $50.

With Motorola, Google and Amazon moving the current Moto 360 to an even lower price than it is on sale for at the moment already, it surely won’t take long anymore before the next generation Motorola 360 smartwatch hits the shelves.

Stay tuned for more exciting Moto 360 news. What would you like the next generation Moto 360 to do? Would you like to have a smaller Moto 360 watch, or do you have a color preference you would like to see? Share your thoughts and comments below.

Pebble Time review: A modern day smartwatch, that’s stuck in the past (Video)

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Great article on 9to5Mac about the Pebble Time

This article was written by and published on 9to5Mac, but I thought you might like it. It is an interesting review of the Pebble Time, one of the contenders for best Smartwatch on the market today with a number of interesting features. Here is the link to the original article: 9to5Mac

The Pebble Time is an interesting smartwatch.

This is a bit different from anything else out there in the sense that it’s super low-tech. There’s absolutely nothing flashy about it. As far as smartwatches go, this is as barebones as it gets, but is that bad thing?

I’ve been wearing Pebble Time for about a week now and being an owner of the last generation, this was extremely easy to get used to. Pebble Time’s design is thinner, lighter, and more comfortable to use than its predecessor. It definitely feels like a second generation product, but still feels a bit behind in certain areas when compared to Apple Watch or Android Wear. The materials being used are mostly plastic, but there is a nice metal bezel around the outside (of the inner bezel) and Gorilla Glass covering the screen. Pebble Time is also water-resistant and feels quite durable.

Pebble Time features a colored backlit e-paper display, that’s easy on the eyes and works good enough to make your way through the menus and options Pebble Time has to offer. The company’s new Time OS is a re-imagining of the software you’ll use to navigate it. Everything on Pebble Time is controlled with four buttons. Animations are snappy and fun and the interface is very smooth, but you won’t find any touch screen here.

Check out our Pebble Time review video  (click on the link)

One of the main features here is Pebble’s Timeline. This is accessed from the main screen using the up and down buttons on the right side. This is essentially just a look into the past and future based on your calendar events. From an event you can dig deeper to find out more information about it or you can remove it. I never found much use for it, but it’s a handy feature to have.

Within the Pebble Time companion app, you’ll find additional watch faces that can be downloaded, along with third-party apps for things like Twitter, Philips Hue, and Nest to name a few. The companion app is very straight forward and easy to use and apps can be arranged in a custom order. Pebble’s developer community is pretty strong and there’s a lot to discover here, but I really only ever cared about having notifications on my wrist.

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The main reason I used Pebble Time was for notifications. When each notification arrive, you’ll feel a solid short vibration on your wrist. Unfortunately, it’s quite limited when compared to native smartwatch solutions on both iOS and Android, but one thing is clear: Pebble Time is much more useful if you’re using an Android device. A lot of what makes this a good smartwatch is currently unavailable for iOS users.

Three major things about Pebble Time and iOS that are extremely annoying:

  1. There’s no granular control of notifications on iOS. It’s all or nothing here, unless you’d like to disable those app’s notifications on your iPhone as well.
  2. There’s no way to prevent your iPhone from buzzing if notifications are being displayed on Pebble Time.
  3. There are currently no voice replies using Pebble Time’s build in microphone.

To be fair, I think these limitations might have to do with restrictions in iOS. Pebble notes that voice replies to Gmail notifications are coming soon, but currently there’s nothing else to look forward to with Pebble Time on iOS. On Android, this is a completely different experience. Everything I’ve mentioned works great across all compatible apps and services. Pebble Time’s voice dictation feature will work with hundreds of apps already available on Android.

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One other annoying aspect of Pebble Time’s software is that you need to press the center button twice to dismiss a notification. It’s a minor thing, but I’d like a one-click solution here. If you don’t dismiss the notifications as they arrive, they will remain visible on your device. However, you can go through the notifications list in Pebble Time and dismiss all of them at once.

The best feature Pebble Time has to offer is its battery life. I used Pebble for four days straight and still had 40% battery life. Regardless of anything that’s limiting Pebble Time’s functionality, there’s definitely nothing standing in the way of battery life.

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The real story here centers around the new hardware and software design. It’s nice for sure, but not the prettiest looking smartwatch available. Here’s the bottom line: Is Pebble Time a must-have smartwatch? Nope. Are there better solutions available? Yep. Pebble Time only set me back around $180, but I’d rather pay a bit more (or less in the case of certain Android Wear devices) for something that offers native integration on either iOS or Android. I’m sure software updates will improve Pebble Time in the future, but as for now, it feels like it’s stuck in the past.

TAG Heuer’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch will cost about $1,400

The head of TAG Heuer stated that the company’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch will cost about $1,400 when it goes on sale later this fall. The TAG Heuer Android Wear watch is an exciting new addition to the traditional product line that TAG Heuer have.

TAG Heuer was founded in 1860 in Saint-Imier (Switzerland) and one of the most respected watch brands in the world with a long tradition of high quality “sport watches”. Many probably know TAG Heuer from their Carrera line . TAG Heuer began as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland. The company was purchased by Techniques d’Avant Garde in 1985, when the Heuer brand became TAG Heuer. In 1999, TAG Group sold TAG Heuer to French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.

The name TAG Heuer combines an abbreviation for Techniques d’Avant Garde and the surname Heuer.

TAG Heuer smartwatch

TAG Heuer first announced its plans for an Android Wear product in March. Intel will provide the hardware for the smartwatch. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of TAG Heuer, revealed the $1,400 price tag of the still unnamed smartwatch to Bloomberg. He added that the device should go on sale sometime in October or November, and that its battery life should last up to 40 hours.

TAG Heuer is one of the first large watchmakers that has started to embrace the new smartwatch era that is coming our way. The stylish and sportive luxury watch brand is showing the entire watch industry that luxury, class and tradition can go together very well with innovation and state of the art digital technology. TAG Heuer is hoping to take this new customer segment by storm and give potential customers out there a real high quality alternative to the “common” Apple Watches and Android watches that are out on the market today.

The TAG Heuer CEO (Biver) commented on the launch of the Apple Watch:

“I hope they sell millions and millions and millions of them,” Biver said, speaking ahead of the official opening of a Hublot boutique in Dubai Mall. “The more they sell the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer.”

First reactions to the TAG Heuer smartwatch

The first reactions on TAG Heuers move into this new industry and step away from solely focussing on the creation of mechanical watches was received with a bit of scepticism from the Android Wear community.

Not all Android Wear (smartwatch) fans are truly convinced that TAG Heuer will bring something new to the table. If TAG Heuer do not “combine” their traditional strength in analog timepieces with the new technology and “only” add a new outer shell to already existing smartwatches, it might not actually add a lot to the current set of available watches out there.

One person wrote (scoty024 @android central)

They are correct, TAG isn’t building a watch here, they’re building an Android Wear case. Here the $1,500 price tag isn’t a reflection of the construction and accuracy of a time piece, it’s only a reflection of the case and strap build quality… and the brand name.

I feel that this is a logical reaction to a somewhat more expensive price point than the current smart watches that are on the market today. I think we need to understand that the target group that TAG Heuer are trying to reach are not the typical Android Wear users, but a new (more settled and traditional) luxury customer segment that do not feel are being served well with the watches that are on the market today.

Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01

In an interview with Wearable, TAG Heuers CEO confirmed the name for their first Android Wear smartwatch. It will carry the name “TAG Heuer Carrera Wearable 01”. The name is very closely related to the Carrera – Heuer 01, that was presented at the watch fair in Basel (Switzerland) early 2015.

The name shows that the smartwatch will be very closely related to the regular Carrera – Heuer 01 and will follow the same or a similar build type. The form factor will be very important for a premium brand smartwatch and the TAG Heuer fans will not be disappointed.

The launch date will most probably be November 2015. Only a few more months to go and we’ll finally know what the real watch will look like.

Tag Heuer smartwatch: Battery life

In an interview, Biver boasted that the new Tag Heuer smartwatch will have a battery life of 40 hours. That’s much better than the Apple Watch but next to mechanical watches and hybrids such as the Withings Activité, it doesn’t look so hot. Time will tell if Tag’s customers are enamoured enough with the smart features to put up with charging an expensive watch every two days.

Wareable has been told by Tag that the Android Wear smartwatch will be upgradeable. We spoke with UK communications manager Alexandra King, who revealed that a key focus would be the lifespan of the product.

“The watch will change the technology as it develops, Jean-Claude Biver was clear about that. We want to be able to change the technology but keep the watch elements,” she told us.

“If your child completed their Masters degree, you might want to give them a watch. We want to create something that will stay on your watch for a lifetime, that’s what Tag Heuer does. And as the technology changes, it will change,” she added.

TAG Heuer vs Apple Watch vs Moto 360

With the introduction of the Apple Watch (and its high price points), Apple have opened the smart watch market up to a new customer segment that were not interested in these “cheap” toys before. These users want to feel that they have something that not everyone can afford and own. Something exclusive, something special. I feel that this is exactly what TAG Heuer would like to create, an awe effect and something to dream about – and not a product for the masses.

If TAG Heuer do not live up to the high expectations of bringing a new innovation to the table and creating a “new generation” of best of breed traditional watches with the newest technological advances, it might rightfully so not suffice to compete with the Apple Watch or Moto 360 (of which one could buy 10 at a price tag of 1,500 Dollar).

Fact is, the traditional watch industry is moving forward and are taking the threat of smart watches very seriously. Luckily they are not just complaining about the new technology, but actually joining in on the fun and bringing something to the table that non of the current tech companies can truly bring; traditional craftsmanship and unparalleled luxury beyond merely using a gold “sugarcoating”.

As soon as the first version is out there, I would love to be able to have a closer look at it and report back to you with more insights.

Source: Bloomberg, “content” and images: Android Central

How the Freeletics App should be better integrated with the Moto 360

I try to be as sporty as can be and although I tend to get lazy after a few weeks or months and lose interest again, I do try to stay generally fit. I love to go for a run from time to time to clear my mind, stare into the distance and show my eyes that there is more to life than just a 13″ retina screen.

To get inspired I started using one of my my now favorite apps called Freeletics. Freeletics is more than just an app, but a full-fledge community of sports and health conscious cracks and athletes who enjoy pushing their bodies to the limit. The Freeletics app is very easy to use, you pick out a workout you want to do, hit start and you get going. The rest of course is up to you.

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What is Freeletics?

Freeletics is a sports community of athletes that focusses on quality of work outs, combining strength and endurance in “short” high intensity training sessions.

Freeletics contains three types of training: Workouts, Exercises and Runs.

  1. Workouts are a given set of exercises which have to be completed in the exact same order and number as stated. Workouts can appear in different types and volumes which allows for specific training of cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and strength.
  2. Exercises are a given number of repetitions for a single movement. They exist from the low to the high repetition range to train strength, speed and stamina.
  3. Runs are a given distance and contain sprinting over medium to long distances. Runs are ideal for training of cardiovascular endurance but also to complement a strength training program.

Freeletics be part of the movement

Of these 3 types of trainings, that can be combined within a single session as the athlete would like, the most obvious one to use your smartwatch with is the running part. Using the gps in your phone to track your distance, as well as the integrated “steps-counter” in the Moto 360, this is the most straight-forward form of integrating your smartphone into your workout. However as the Moto 360 does not have an integrated gps module inside the watch, you would always need to take your phone with you to track where you currently are.

New Sports and Health features with Android Wear 5.1.1.?

This might change with the new Android Wear version 5.1.1, that will be brought to your Moto 360 soon and supports a WIFI connection between your watch and the phone, so that you can leave your phone at home. It remains to be seen if this would mean that the Moto360 would still track your steps and distance accurately if you leave your phone at home, but that is something that it currently already does.

Update 19th of June 2015, the new android wear version 5.1.1 is out and has brought Wi-Fi connectivity to the Motorola 360. I am currently testing what this actually does and how we can use it differently with fanatics and all the exercises that we want to do. At first glance, the new software version of android for smart watches has brought quite a few improvements but the freeletics app is still not entirely supported.

This means that we will have to wait a bit longer until the freeletics team release a full fledged Smart watch integrated solution that will work on any smart watch. As I’ve understood it so far the first thing that they will be working on is an Apple watch version of the app. This does not mean that an android app is not around the corner, but the focus is more on the Apple watch at this time. Nevertheless I think that there should be a few functionalities that Freeletics and Motorola should incorporate the new software versions of both the smart watch and the app.

How could Freeletics and my Moto 360 work together?

What would be absolutely grand is if I could use the health monitoring features that the Moto 360 has, to track the progress in my workouts. My favourite smartwatch has a heartbeat monitor and could in theory keep track of my pulse whilst doing my exercises – or my recovery times after a tough workout. That way I could actually see how I have improved my general health and fitness over time.

The Moto 360  could track my heart rate during exercises and measure my recovery times

One feature of Freeletics is the Freeletics coach. A coach helps you put a suitable training plan together for you and tells you what you should be doing to get fit. If the coach would have the information on how I am recovering from various exercises, he could help me structure my trainings even better. The Freeletics coach could for example tell you whether I should be focussing more on cardio exercises or strength – and it would see which exact sessions push my heart rate to its limits.

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The goal with Freeletics is not just to do a number of sets, but they have added a competitive time element to it. The “faster” you do the workouts the “better” – well at least it looks cool to some of your friends maybe. Although I never really focus on getting my workout done as quickly as possible, but more on doing it right, it would be very convenient if I could simply tap my wrist to go to the next exercise instead of having to pick up my phone every time between sets. Alternatively, I could also just “say/tell” my Moto 360 to skip to the next exercise with a special code word that triggers that action (just like using the “Okay Google” command).

It would be very convenient if I could simply tap my wrist to go to the next exercise

Early morning Freeletics workout aftermath
Early morning Freeletics workout aftermath

Integrated health check: something the Apple Watch can do already, is regularly check and read when I am exercising. It reads the pulse of whoever wears the Apple watch and when the heartrate goes up it understands that I did something. The activity heartrate measurement works best when doing cardio workouts though. Since I definitely get my pulse up nicely when doing Freeletics, it could easily measure and see that I started working out.

The Moto 360 on the other hand, only registers the heartbeat of the user when it is explicitly instructed to do so, or when the user is in “action” – meaning moving from A to B. When I am doing my general workouts though, I hardly ever leave the spot I had started on. This is something that a Freeletics integration could take advantage of, and next to measuring my health statistics when I am doing sports, also track it during the days to see what my general fitness is like. Understanding the users “pulse” and general fitness is key to giving him or her the best advice on how he/she should do sports and how they can improve their health.

Active counter, when I am doing a certain exercise, such as push ups, sit-ups, pull-ups or burpees, my hand-movement is very distinct. I could image that it would not be very difficult to (depending on the workout that I am currently doing) count the number of repetitions that I have done so far – in real time. That way it would be virtually impossible to cheat the system. One more added benefit would be that the watch could jump to the next exercise within the workout whenever I am done with the current one.

With an automatic counter it would be virtually impossible to cheat the Freeletics app

Let’s say that I am doing sets of 50 burbees, followed by 30 push-ups, and 50 sit-ups; after the first 50 burpees my watch could vibrate slightly – indicating a new exercise – show me what I have to do and start the countdown from the top again (namely with the 30 push-ups). That way I would finally not have to get up to reach out for my phone and switch over to the next exercise and save me a few precious seconds that I desperately need to beat my personal best time.

Freeletics: Unleash the potential of wearables

The bottom line is: “I do not like the fact that I have to change my watch 3x a day and I want to use 1 universal stylish gadget to do all that.” I think that smartwatches and fitness apps are destined to work more closely together and there is absolutely no reason they should not. This is one part of the wearables business that should rapidly be improved. The technology is already there, and I think that there are loads of ideas out there that simply need to be put into practise.

Unleash the true potential of wearables!

The last few years a clear focus has been on cardio vascular activities, such as running, swimming and biking and improving gps connection on “smartwatches” such as the SUUNTO Ambit (which is a fantastic sports watch).  Hardcore sportsmen and fitness cracks will surely not get rid of their Garmin sports watch and Suunto watches any time soon, but for regular casual consumers who do sports once or twice a week, there is not really much incentive to buy a separate watch for another 300-400 $/€. The B2C sports world has been evolving quickly in the last few years, and it is time to bring the world of wearables to the next level.

PS: If you live in Zürich (Switzerland) feel free to join me for a workout or two whenever you want. Just use the contact form to get in touch.

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Freeletics training outside leg levers

Is the Moto 360 nearing its product cycle end?

I hope that this is not the end of the Moto 360. It feels like we have just gotten started and are starting to get to know each other a little better. New technology is like a new girl friend, you have to get to know her to really appreciate her. I have really come to love my Moto 360, but I don’t know what is in the pipeline for it. Motorola has started lowering the prices in the USA to something along the lines of 149-179$ per smart watch.

… It takes time to appreciate what you’ve got

I personally find that far too cheap for such a great piece of technology. I mean, just look at Apple, currently the biggest and arguably richest company on the planet. They manage to being out a new smart watch, which does nothing more or better than the Moto 360 which is almost a year old already, and they charge on average around 450-600$ for one. It feels a bit like ‘we’ have already given up. The apple watch is there now, so why bother trying to show the world that this is a great piece of technology?

I surely hope they know what they are doing, and if there is a Moto 360 II up and coming soon, I will be one of the first ones in line. On he brighter side of things, I hope many new users will be attracted to the moto 360 due to the decrease in price in the last few weeks. As you know the Moto 360 is more than just a small phone on your wrist that makes your life a lot easier with a few notifications, it has paved the way to a far more beautiful wearable movement.

Improvements and Android Wear updates

Why do I think Motorola will continue to invest in its flagship watch: Mainly, the software is getting better by the week, the battery lifetime has gone up dramatically due to a few fantastic Android Wear updates, and Android Wear is live and kicking. The new 5.1.1. Version is on its way to all Motorola smart watches as well as the LG urbane, Samsung gear live and Sony SmartWatch 3 already and will be deployed on all devices in the next few days. This continued positive flow and investment by Google and Motorola shows that they are serious about keeping the Moto 360 around for quite a bit longer.

Incremental improvements show that there is nothing really wrong with the Motorola 360 smartwatch, but that with a few tweaks and tricks – it could be even better and meet user expectations even more. One idea would be to open up the market for the Moto360 to Apple users as well. Google would need to get the support from Apple for this though. It is probably technically not all that difficult to hook up the iOS iPhones with Android Wear (as a few people have shown already), but it is more the question of whether Apple would be open to featuring an Android Wear app in their app store and thereby making it available to the masses.

Apple have just started promoting their own Apple Watch and it seems highly unlikely to me that they would be willing to jeopardise their new future product and market over that. In all fairness though, the Moto 360 looks significantly better than the squared Apple Watch. I get asked time and time again by Apple Fanboys (and girls) if the beautiful watch that I have on my wrist is “the” Apple Watch. Surely they would not mind wearing a Moto 360 if it were compatible with their iPhones. 

With the Android 5.1.1 update there is a lot to look forward to. I think this product category has just gotten started and we are in for a very exciting ride when it comes to wearables in the next few years.

Why the Moto 360 is better than the Apple watch

I got a pretty little moto 360 for christmas last year (thank you my love) and I have to say that it is a gadget that I have learned to love over the last couple of months. Apart from the form factor and the obvious, „wow is that the new apple watch“ comments that I keep getting from time to time, it is a great little toy to play around with. I personally find the notifications very useful, they get better with ever software release and things like the google maps integration really make me want to leave my phone alone for at least a couple of minutes a day.

When it comes to gadgets, phones, tablets, pcs – basically anything that runs on batteries, I can surely say that I am the typical heavy user. I use all devices at the same time, am playing around with them constantly and am mildly addicted to it.

Great thing about having a watch that notifies you only when something really interesting and important happened? It makes you leave your phone and tablet at peace a lot more than usual. The moto 360 really changed the way I interacted with my devices and I thoroughly enjoy it (even with the obvious flaws that it has – I for one would love to have a tiny little speaker in the moto 360 smart watch, so that I can actually leave my phone alone for short conversations).

I got an iPhone 6 @work… Now what?

Challenge: my new „work cell” is an iPhone 6. So now what…? Should I get me an Apple watch? Should I leave my beloved Moto 360 in a drawer next to my bedside table? To be honest, I don’t really want to. Having seen one of the first Apple watches now, I am not 100% convinced that it is in any way better than the current smart watch I already have. The form factor is definitely one thing that I do not like on the Apple watch, it simply does not really appeal to me that it looks so squared and technical. I love the fact that the Motorola watch looks a lot more like a fancy shiny regular watch.

Rumour has it, that Google is working on an Apple iOS application / support for Android Wear. A number of tech sites have reported that Google will announce iOS support at the upcoming I/O Google event in May 2015. I personally think that this could be a real blow to Apple’s smartwatch, as Apple-fanboys will then have an affordable alternative to the very expensive Apple watch. When software and usability are not as important as the form factor of a watch – or the brand for that matter – I personally think that Motorola and Google will be able to steal quite a few Apple fans away from the Apple branded watch, over on to the Android wearables platform.

Rumor has it, Google is working an on Apple iOS application to support Android Wear

A second rumour that has been going around, is that Android wearables will get full wifi support, so that they can operate most of the usual functions without having to be connected to a phone. The smartwatch would then be able to do search queries through a regular wlan connection, tell you what the weather will be like today and possibly receive push notifications from Google’s gmail servers so that you can stay updated on your latest mails.

I sincerely hope that the best looking smartwatch on the planet will get the software support it deserves. So far, the android wear team have done a fantastic job at fixing the most critical bugs and issues with the first generation of smart watches – and I am looking forward to what the future will bring. Let’s just hope it includes iOS support 😉

Fantastic Android Update on the horizon

Monday 20th of April is a great day. Google just released a big press release around the new features that will be rolled out to all android wear devices in the next couple of weeks. This update includes the use of the WiFi connection to be able to use the phone, instead of only Bluetooth – which makes is virtually independent of where the phone is. I hope that this means that the Moto 360 can now also be “used” without a phone for notifications, google maps, hangouts etc, and thus I do not need an Android powered phone anymore to use my beautiful Moto 360 on a daily basis. This does not necessarily mean that it will work with an iPhone, but it might mean that I do not really need a phone to have a functioning smartwatch.

Techcrunch (amongst others) wrote a few words on it and showed us the features that will be included. Have a look for yourself: Click here

What do you think about the Apple Watch compared to the Moto 360? Leave your comments in the section below.