Lenovo Motorola are postponing new smartwatches

Lenovo Motorola will not bring out any more new smartwatches this year. The Media reported this morning that Lenovo will pause the development of new smartwatches for the time being.

For those of you who were waiting desperately for the new Moto 360, it appears that we will have to wait. This year we will surely not see any new smartwatch developments.

Lenovo have stated that they want to wait for new and larger improvements with regard to smartwatches. Before big steps in battery improvements and new use cases have been determined, they will cease to produce new watches. It appears that we will also not see any new smartwatches in 2017.

Update of the 360

The latest Moto 360 will soon receive another software update. This has been confirmed by Lenovo. They have stated that the older versions of the Moto 360 (that came out in 2014) will NOT receive any updates anymore.

It remains to be seen how long Lenovo will continue to invest in watch development.

Lenovo says that watch growth is not strong enough and we need to make sure that the market is big enough first for it to be profitable.

No new android wear watches from motorola this year

The second-generation Motorola 360 has had market well. We were sincerely hoping that Motorola or any of the other android where competitors would bring out some fantastic new watches this year.

Yet, it appears that this year we won’t be seeing any new by Motorola, Huawei or LG anymore. If you’ve been paying attention to the wearable space over the last few months you may have noticed that there is been no shortage of new android wear devices making their way to market.

Now that Apple has brought out their Apple watch to series and Samsung have delivered the S gear three watches, it appears that the other watchmakers are keeping their new products off the market. CNET has reported that neither LG or Lenovo’s Motorola have plans to release any new smart watches in the remaining months of the year. Maybe that is why it has been awfully quiet around the Motorola 360s 3rd generation Smart watch.

It looks like most of the companies are waiting for the next big push. Tech development has not gone as fast as we would’ve hoped it to go and it looks like the customers are waiting for something special. I think that it’s a good thing that tech companies are holding their product back because they are not fully happy with them. I would rather see a new innovative product by any of these companies then get a simple battery upgrade here.

We can continue to dream about new features and new products that will be brought to market in the next one or two years. I personally do not think that the android ecosystem for smart watches his dead at all. We are just taking a short break from the regular release cycles. And I am happy to see that we are not being forced to buy some Half baked product that nobody really wants to have.

At the end of the day this will help us keep a healthy ecosystem around smart watches and secure the longevity of this product group. We all know that we love our Moto360!

Moto X Pure comes with free Moto 360 Sport

Great news for those of you who were waiting for the next Moto X Pure to drop. When you buy a Moto X Pure, you will get a Moto 360 Sport Smartwatch with it… For Free…! There is no catch at all. The Moto X Pure will set you back about 350 Dollars, but you will get this great watch to go with it. 

Here is the link to the article> Technobuffalo link

Samsung updates its Gear S2 Smartwatch with iOS support

Samsung has updated its latest smart watch the S Gear 2nd Generation. The S Gear is currently one of the most attractive smart watches on the market, next to the Moto360 of course.

Introduced in August of 2015, the Gear S2 is Samsung’s latest smart watch and the first to ship with a round display. While the first versions of the Gear S2 were originally only available in black or silver with matching rubber bands, Samsung introduced higher-end 18-karat rose gold and platinum plated versions to better compete with the more expensive Apple Watch models.

The bezel is something that is unique to the Samsung S Gear II, it helps the user to navigate its way through various screens and is quite intuitive. Samsungs premium model smart watch is round just like the Moto360, yet it is more of a sporty looking watch than the classic Moto.

The health tracking features are impressive though, and set it apart nicely from the competition. The Gear S II is probable the best smart watch on the market today / especially for Android, when you are looking for a sporty type/fitness tracking watch.

Titzen operating system / iOS support

Samsungs operating system “Titzen” is slowly starting to blossom. Titzen is now capable of communicating a lot better with Android, but also iOS support is said to be rolled out in the next few days or weeks / it will definitely not take long anymore until a more complete iOS supporting version will be released.

Rolling out full fledged iOS support is vital to Samsung if it would really like to conquer a larger marketshare than that it already has. The Applewatch is next to the Pebble Time, the only real alternative for anyone using an iPhone / a large market to tap into, especially in the USA, Canada and Mainland Europe.

The Moto360 is also able to communicate with any iOS device, but only running the android wear application / which is available on the iOS AppStore. The android wear app enables us to receive straightforward one way notifications, but does not support iMessaging or other iOS native apps.

XDA forum members have also been able to download the test app and have provided details on its functionality. The Gear S2 iOS app will be able to deliver notifications to the smart watch, and it will be able to install and manage apps from the Gear store on the device. According to testers, while the Gear S2 can receive notifications from the iPhone, replies are not currently possible, and the Samsung Gear S2 Lite app has to be running in the background for the connection between the watch and the app to be maintained.

We will do a full on comparison between the Samsung Gear S2 and the Moto360 soon.

Huawei’s New Android Wear Smartwatch Rivals the Moto 360 2nd Gen

Huawei unveiled its latest watch for the Indian consumers at Rs 22,999. The watch will be sold on an e-commerce platform and will also be available on offline retail channels and Huawei’s own online store.

The Huawei Watch, powered by Android Wear, enables users to stay connected wherever they are, with instant alerts for calls, texts, instant messages and emails.

With the latest version of Google’s Android Wear, both Android and iOS users will be able to connect to the Huawei Watch.

The watch features a fully circular 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, coated with scratch-proof sapphire crystal, a cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and 6-Axis motion sensors.

Moto 360 2 Release Date Rumors: IFA 2015 Could Yield Gen 2 Motorola Android Wear Device, Here’s What To Expect

The IFA 2015 in Berlin is one of the most exciting events of the year. Insiders say that it is highly likely that the new Moto 360 2 will be presented at the event. So far the Moto 360 has not been sighted – but it will surely not take long anymore before this will be the case.

More about the IFA and rumours about the Moto 360 2 release – check out the link below.

The next Motorola smartwatch could be unveiled at IFA 2015 in Berlin

Source: Moto 360 2 Release Date Rumors: IFA 2015 Could Yield Gen 2 Motorola Android Wear Device, Here’s What To Expect

5 reasons why smartwatches are better than fitness trackers

I find it interesting that in a world of wearables, smart watches have still not annihilated the Fitbits and Runtastic Orbits of this world. A smartwatch can do so much more and is quite a bit more convenient to wear than a fitness tracking device / wearable, don’t you think?

These are the points that really make a difference for me and why I choose not to wear any other health tracking gadget than my smartwatch:

1. A smartwatch has a screen

This might be a pretty obvious point, but a smartwatch has a far larger screen than any of the wearables out there on the market today. The Fitbit or Runtastic Orbit do offer a small LED time indicator or have a few blinky lights, but they cannot display more information than just a few numbers.

2. Motivational animated notifications work better than “vague” scores

The screen enables push messages and notifications on how you are doing and how much you still need to do today to reach your goals. This is a big plus for those who do need that extra bit of a push to make it through the day and meet their goals.

Through Google Fit / the Moto Health Tracker you could in the future receive motivational updates and shout outs from your friends to motivate you to do a little bit more if you would like them to. You don’t need to check a website for that, but you receive the notifications directly on your watch.

3. It is more personal and less intrusive

You might not want to show that you are trying to get fit and simply want to track your health stats on a regular basis? Then a smartwatch is the perfect tool for just that. It simply blends in with your other accessories and cloths that you wear. Nobody needs to know that this is one of the features that matter to you most.

4. It simply looks better

I personally find the smart bands / sleep trackers and other gadgets to look somewhat cheap. There is no real functionality to them and running around with a bit of plasticky bright colors wristband is just not my style. I love the sleek and luxurious Moto 360 design and I would not trade it for a green/blue/yellow piece of plastic.

5. You don’t need to hook it up to a PC/Mac to see results

Instant results and checks + feedback help you in your every day life. You do not need to think about wearing them, or checking the results on a PC or Mac because you simply see all the stats on your smartwatch. That is a lot more convenient than having to hook it up to another screen.

Summary: Why a smartwatch beats any health tracking wearable

There you go, those are a few “rock solid” arguments I find on why smartwatches are the better choice. Of course there are also a few downsides to smartwatches, such as the fact that most of them are not as water proof as you would want them to be when you swim a lot for example. And smartwatches are a little bit bigger than just any regular wrist band.

Yet I find that it fits to my personal lifestyle a lot better. The health stats are nice to know and I look at them from time to time. If I would be dependent on having to check them regularly, then it would even be a bigger plus to wear a smartwatch instead of a fitness tracker.

What do you think? Are fitness trackers better or more suitable to your needs?

Moto 360 2 is coming codenamed SMELT

The Moto 360 2, second generation of the successful Moto 360 that was released at the end of 2014, will be released shortly. In the last few weeks rumours have started popping up around an Android Wear device codenamed SMELT.

The codename of the initial current Moto 360 was “Minnow”. Some blogs have stated that the name SMELT must be related to the smartwatch because both names are proclaimed to be fish names.

Smelt could also be a pure description of the new smartwatch, molten metal. It could very well be that it comes in a unibody metal jacket. This would be in line with the high quality and luxurious look and feel.

New Moto 360 highly anticipated

There are very few smartwatches out there that can challenge the Apple Watch, and the second generation Moto 360 is hopefully one of them. It has been rumoured that Google will be rolling out the iOS compatibility with Android M Doze.

The release date of the both Android M Doze and the Moto 360 II are still open. 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.

5 questions to help you decide which watch to wear today

it is a problem that men have every day, well at least those who own more than one watch: which watch should I wear today? It is not that easy deciding between a smartwatch, regular ‘sporty’ watch or that beautiful expensive watch that was passed on to you by your father?

These 5 simple questions will help you make that decision.

  1. What do you have planned for today?
  2. Is there a special occasion?
  3. Do I have a lot of meetings today?
  4. Are you planning to work out?
  5. Do you want and/or need to impress someone?

1. What do you have planned for today?

It seems like an obvious question, but it helps to take a moment in the morning when you stand in the shower and stop to think for a minute about what you actually have planned for today.

If you are not planning to do anything exciting and it will be just another boring day at the office, you might surely want to wear your smartwatch so that you have something to play around with during boring meetings.

2. Is there a special occasion?

Are you going on a first date, to a wedding or another special occasion today? You might want to focus your attention on the person you are spending the day with and not fiddle around with your watch all too much.

Of course you can put your phone (you might have a Nexus 6 perhaps?) on silent and only receive the most important messages on your watch, but there is a fine line between paying full attention and being “attentive”. Women notice when you are not fully “there”, trust me on that one.

3. Do you have a lot of meetings today?

Busy day at the office, need to get things done and a lot of running back and forth between different floors / locations? This is the perfect day to wear your smartwatch. The short messages, notifications about your upcoming meetings and directions to your next client will be very helpful.

You don’t want to annoy your business partners by staring at your phone during meetings, but a watch is far more accepted. Days on the road with many meetings are a great occasion to wear your smartwatch.

4. Are you planning to work out?

The Moto 360 is not the best companion when it comes to sports, there are better watches out there that can track your heart rate accurately, have stronger GPS signals build-in and are fully waterproof.

If you are planning to work out, go to the gym, play tennis or go for a swim you will be better off leaving your smartwatch at home today. Try one of the fantastic Suunto watches for example, they are absolutely fabulous.

5. Do you want to impress someone?

Okay, a smartwatch – especially the Moto 360 – surely something nice to look at and not everyone has one just yet. If you feel like impressing someone, it is quite a statement that you wear a great piece of tech on your wrist instead of an “expensive” TAG Heuer Carrera 01 with virtually no functionality but to tell you what time it is.

Normal watches have become nothing more but an accessory and if you feel like impressing someone, be smart and wear your Moto 360. They might confuse it for an Apple Watch, but I am sure that you will get a few cool glances from the person you would like to impress a little.

Which watch did you wear today?

Tell me, which watch did you end up wearing today? Do you have another great use case for your smartwatch or an occasion at which you cannot live without it?

Please do share your thoughts in the comments section below. Looking forward to hearing your opinions.