Moto360 sport is super cheap right now

It Might sound a little bit ridiculous but the motor 360 sport has gotten very cheap over the last few weeks. If you like the sports watch that was built by Motorola and the lenovo in the last few months, you should definitely have a look at the Moto 360 sport.

The sports version of this watch, comes with a more sporty look hey Slick design, and the silicone band. This makes it perfect for sports activities. It is also fitted with an LCD display so that you can view screen under the sun best. The great thing as well as that it has a GPS system build in, so that you don’t need to take your phone with you when you go running or to any other types of sports activities outdoors.

You can get one of these watches for as little as $120 at the moment in the states. I saw that one EBay seller, with great ratings, has started to offer the watch at this ridiculous price. It appears that we have quite a few of them. Maybe this will mean that we will see a dramatic price drop for any of the Moto 360 watches in the near future.

If you see or have heard of any other great offers that we should know about, Then please do let me know and we will be able to spread the word to the full community and have everyone enjoyed their Moto 360 watches into future as well!

I’m looking forward to hearing from everyone and have a great day!

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.

Moto360 sport for only 200 Dollars

Motorola’s fitness-focused smartwatch, the Moto 360 Sport, is quite the workout buddy. It can track your distance, running pace, time, calories burned and much more. It might not be the sleekest Android Wear device out there, but it’s definitely the best Android smartwatch available for tracking your daily exercises.

It can now be yours for only 200 Dollars. It used to be 99 Dollars more expensive, but Motorola has decided to drop the price dramatically in the United States.

Our friends in India will also not need to wait much longer anymore. The Moto 360 Sport will be launched April 26th. This is by far the best Android Sports Watch that is available on the market today. Be sure to get your hands on one.

Huge battery drainage issues after Android Wear 5.1.1. update?!

The long awaited Moto 360 Android Wear update 5.1.1. was finally there and I was so happy to see all those great features finally show up on my screen. For a short while I was in “smartwatch heaven”, but that did not last very long unfortunately.

For a short while I was in “smartwatch heaven”

Then reality hit me, the battery drained and drained and drained. Wasn’t the long awaited WiFi update supposed to bring us a lot more battery time? Use less energy on stand-by than the regular bluetooth 4.0 connection? Grr… apparently not. My Moto 360 does not last for more than half a day at the moment and I am having serious issues to make it past 3 PM on average to moderate use.

Did Motorola delay the 5.1.1. release because of the battery drainage issue?

Motorola and co. have a bit of work on their hands to fix this “little” issue. When Motorola finally released their Android Wear version 5.1.1. for the Moto 360, most other smartwatches that run on Googles Android Wear had already received the update. Now it turns out that there appear to be serious issues with the battery life on all Android Wear watches.

If Motorola knew about this and were trying to fix it before bringing it to market, why did they not simply inform the users that this was an issue that they had been working on? What is wrong with simply admitting that something is not working entirely the way it should be, and ask for help from the community? Next to that it would have saved them quite a bit of face-saving and a simple short little tweet would have probably sufficed to keep us all happy and up to date.

I hope that someone at Motorola or Google will take a stand on the battery drainage issue with the latest Android Wear version 5.1.1. soon and I will reach out to both of them right away. Hopefully we will get a reply soon and fully enjoy the new smart watch features we have been waiting for.

Android Wear update 5.1.2. around the corner?

It will surely not take long for Google or Motorola to solve this battery lifetime issue and bring out the newest Android Wear update to version 5.1.2. Whether a hot fix will do or if we need a full fledged update remains to be seen.

A Google representative named Ernest has jumped into a thread in Google’s Product Forums informing smartwatch owners complaining of massive battery drains after updating to Android Wear 5.1.1 that Google is currently working on solving the problem.

“Hi everyone, we are aware of this and we are working on fixing this issue. Thanks for your patience!” says Ernest.”

Is there a solution to the problem?

There is, however, a temporary fix for this problem. Many users have reported that rebooting their smartwatch when they see the battery running near empty stops the rapid drain for a while. However, this is quite an inconvenient solution, as some users report having to reboot their smartwatches a few times every day. Until then, there is no choice but to wait for Google’s development team to issue a fix.

We will have to wait for next Google Android Wear update to get this over and done with.

Do you also experience this battery drainage issue on your smart watch? Please do share your experiences and let me know whether you have the same problems or maybe even a good solution.

Does the Moto 360 have WiFi?

Yes! The Moto 360 has WiFi ready to go on board.

This is a question that has regularly come up in the last few weeks as Google announced the release of the next Android Wear version 5.1.1. You will find a bit more information on that in a previous post that I have done a few days ago: Moto 360 gets Android Wear WiFi update.

Motorola was smart enough to add a wifi module to the Moto 360. To many Moto 360 fans, there was never a doubt this smartwatch would get it because there’s always been a WiFi chip inside and that it had only been disabled. Moto 360 uses Texas Instrument’s OMAP 3 processor which actually has WiFi built into the SoC.

There’s always been a WiFi chip inside the Moto 360 and that it had only been disabled

 

For those of you who do not know what SoC stands for: A system on a chip or system on chip (SoC or SOC) is an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of acomputer or other electronic system into a single chip. It may contain digital, analog, mixed-signal, and often radio-frequency functions—all on a single chip substrate. SoCs are very common in the mobile electronics market because of their low power consumption. (Source: Wikipedia)

Why is wifi connectivity so great on the Moto 360?

What is so great about having a wifi connection on your smartwatch is that it opens up a whole new array of features. To name but a few positive things about having wifi on board:

  1. Wifi is generally lower in energy consumption than bluetooth (even bluetooth 4), which will make your watch last even longer on a single charge. It remains to be seen by how much this would positively influence the longevity of the battery, but some say it could be up to half a day of extra battery life
  2. With WiFi connectivity, you could leave your phone at home – or anywhere you want for that matter – and still receive all the updates you need over the air as long as you have an internet connection. Next to that, you would be able to use most of the regular functions of your smartwatch, that would not require your phone – such as simple questions that can be answered by Google Now, or reply to Hangout or Whatsapp messages

Just like the Sony Smartwatch 3 is getting the new Android Wear features, the Moto 360 will also receive WiFi support, phone free usage, hands free gestures, and quick drawings into emojis. With WiFi support, you can receive SMS and incoming call notifications as long as you are connected to a network.

I am really looking forward to finally receiving the Android Wear 5.1. update to try out all of those great features and I will definitely keep you posted on the developments around the WiFi usage and roll-out of the Moto 360 1st generation (2014).

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.

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

Do you wear your smartwatch every day?

As much as I love my smartwatch, I do not wear it every single day. When I am travelling, or on the weekends when I am not expecting to get a large number of notifications I generally leave my smartwatch at home.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love wearing it of course, but I have found out that it works best when you are expecting to get a relatively large number of messages, notifications, or reminders. At work it is the perfect gadget that helps me leave my phone in my bag or (jacket-) pocket. I have set my Moto 360 up in such a way that I can only be “disturbed” by my VIP contacts, for meetings or emails on my work email address marked important.

Why not wear it all the time?

I noticed that I have stopped losing interest in checking my phone every 5 minutes to see if something “important” has happened that I should know about. Thank god I have my Moto 360. It really helps me focus when I need to be, because I simply know that if my watch does not tell me that I have to pay attention I can focus on getting things done. That alone is already worth the investment I think. If I would count up the hours that I have spend checking my phone for the sake of simply checking that all is fine, I think my boss would get a heart attack.

I have stopped losing interest in checking my phone every 5 minutes to see if something “important” has happened

When do I use it? Mostly when I am at work and want to get things done. My smartwatch helps me keep track of the things I need to do, it tells me when I have meetings that are coming up and I receive the most important messages that I really want to read. Everything else is apparently not that important and I can plan ahead as to when I really want to start working on my inbox and answer the emails that were not marked VIP.

Do I ever feel bad not wearing it all the time? No, not at all!

Actually I don’t really miss it when I don’t wear it, but when I do I notice that it makes my life quite a bit easier and maybe more importantly I really enjoy “playing around” with it. It really feels like I have my own little personal secretary who tells me what to do (and when) from time to time. A little bit of luxury, a little bit of fun and practical at that.  When do you wear your Moto 360? Do you wear it all the time, or just on special occassions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. I would love to find out how you use your smartwatch.

Setting a timer on your Moto 360

One of the features I use a lot on my Moto 360 is the “set timer” function. It is very simple and effective. I use the set timer feature mostly when I am in the kitchen and “trying” to whip me something up to eat. I tend to get distracted quite easily, so this is a neat little trick.

All you need to do is say: “Okay Google”, followed by: “set timer to xx-minutes” (you can basically say as many seconds, minutes or hours as you would like). The countdown starts automatically straight after that and you don’t have to do anything else anymore but wait. The Moto 360 will start to vibrate when the countdown is over. The smartwatch does not have a loudspeaker unfortunately, but since you’ll most probably be wearing the watch when you use this feature – I am sure that you will notice that when it starts to vibrate.

How strong are the vibrations?

How effective is the vibration of the smart watch? Well it is not all that strong, but you will surely notice it when you wear it. Something I have been wanting to try for a while now is to sleep with the watch on. I want to find out if I would actually wake up from the vibrations on my wrist. I have not tried sleeping with the smartwatch on just yet, because I usually have to charge it at night after a long days “work”. I guess I could give it a go though and charge it before going to bed.

The battery would surely last throughout a full nights sleep, as it does not drain all that much when leaving it in idle mode (about 10-15% per night). I think I will give it a go in the coming few days and report back to you guys if it worked well or not.

Do you have any experience with sleeping with your Moto 360 on? Please do share your experiences and leave a comment at the bottom of this post.