Waiting for Moto360 Gen 3

Most of us are eager to see the Moto360 in its third generation this year. The Moto 360 was one of the most sought after smartwatches of 2013, 2014 and 2015 – but failed to innovate in the last 12 months.

Most of us have been hoping for a long awaited update for quite some time now. The IFA in Berlin 2016 was our biggest hope so far, but we have not seen anything new from Lenovo so far.

A few things that we would love to see on the Moto360’s third generation smartwatch are features such as LTE support, GPS, finally get rid of the flat tire at the bottom of the screen, better and stronger battery life… and much more.

With some blogs claiming the Moto360 will come at a price of round about 400 dollars, we might just be in for a treat once it does drop. Lets hope we will get some more infos on the latest Moto360 some time soon.

The Motorola 360 Smartwatch was one of the most significant smart watch introductions in 2013 . Although the Apple watch got the most media attention and was probably the Smart watch that had the highest impact in the world it was not quite as innovative as the Lenovo Motorola 360.

Smart watches have become hot selling items in recent years. The most important smart watch on the market is the Apple watch. Although their are a legion of smart watches on the market today that mostly run on android.

We will keep you posted. We will continue to follow all the developments on the market in the months to come. And we hope that the that we will see a few fantastic product improvements.

The smart watch market has been a little quiet in 2016. But that doesn’t mean that nothing special is up-and-coming. Some producers such as Garmin and tom-tom have brought out some interesting Smart watches. Most of them are still focused on sports and not so much casual wear. Smart watches as an accessory or a tool for everyday use are still not that common.

It is little hard for me to understand whether this is due to the fact that the software is the bad or the battery life time of these products is simply not there where it should be.

Maybe it is something else? The early adoption rate of smart watches, especially after the introduction of the Apple watch, was quite high yet the market appears to have reached a ceiling in the very rapid rate. It appears that most young early adopters use they’re smart watches, but it’s not the only watch that they wear on a daily basis. Most watch owners use traditional watches as well as their smart watches.

The Apple watch did not seem to fit the bill for everyone, but as long as Apple and Google continue to invest Smart watches as a whole, we think that there will be quite a few product innovations in the years to come. Especially in the medical Space, as well as with a clear focus on the elderly. Health tracking and in-depth analysis of Health features Will help us better understand how are body functions and how we can prevent common diseases in the years to come.

Maybe it would help the tech industry to stop focusing on cool young audiences that only use these watches as the fashion items, but to focus more on those people that really have a need for products such as these. Of course we are not going to be able to produce one product that fits for everyone, but as a lifestyle product the smartwatch is simply not good enough at the moment.

Therefore we cannot wait to see what the next generation of Lenovo 360s will bring us…

Lenovo Teases new Moto360 Gen. 3

At the end of this month, IFA 2016 will kick off in Berlin. One of the companies scheduled to make a splash is Lenovo. It has only been a couple of months since Lenovo’s last event, where we saw the  Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force unveiled. Lenovo is teasing even more new stuff for IFA.

Innovation is one of the hardest things to do in Tech, yet gradual changes seem to be taking longer than ever at the moment in the world of smart watches

The video above specifically mentions new Moto Mods, tablets, and a 3rd-gen Moto 360. The slogan for Lenovo’s presentation this year is “devices that blur the lines of creativity and productivity.” That doesn’t give us many clues about the new devices, but when have marketing slogans been anything but cryptic? One thing we could see is the camera Mod that showed up in leaked renders before the launch of the Moto Z.

It would also be cool to see more about the bendable tablet and phone that Lenovo showed off at Tech World in June. What are you looking to see from Lenovo? Are you waiting for the next Moto 360? We have been waiting for the next generation Moto 360 for quite some time now. In a world of technical innovations, it is not that easy to understand why it is taking Lenovo this long to come up with a new product.

Maybe it is because smart watches are still in a niche market.

Lenovo has been one of the most innovative companies on the market today with their the Foldable laptops and beautifully designed tablets. Yet wearables are not something that they have been very good at so far. The last generation smart watch was brought out by Motorola and not by Lenovo so we will have to see whether Lenovo Will be able to live up to the expectations and especially the innovation expectations that the fanboys have for the smart watches today.

The IFA in Berlin has gotten off to a great start. We are still waiting for Smart watch introductions by Lenovo though. As soon as we find some more information on the future of smart watches that will come out and be brought out by Lenovo, we will post it right here on Moto360-guide.com.

 

Zenwatch 3 has same flat tire as Moto360

At the IFA in Berlin this week, ASUS showed off its new Zenwatch 3. It is very similar to the Moto 360 and comes in a round design for the first time. 

Interestingly enough, the Zenwatch 3 has the same black strip at the bottom of the screen as the Moto360’s. A design flaw that ASUS did not manage to fix either, or did not want to and bought the same round faces as Motorola did. For the Moto360 this is great news, but I do hope that someone will manage to fix this little design flaw and issue. 

To all of those at ASUS, welcome to 2012 / The Moto360 did what you guys just put on the market a few years ago already… Nothing innovative, nothing new, nothing cool about the ASUS Zenwatch 3. All in all… Just a big disappointment.

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.

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.

How to change and customize the watchface on Moto 360

A great feature of the Moto 360 are the numerous watch faces that you can set. A watch face personalises your smartwatch to your mood of the day or to suit your needs.

I work in a very international environment with subsidiaries of our company in both San Francisco as well as Moscow. Therefore I use the “Dials” watch face to display the time both where I currently am (mainland Europe), as well as the time in San Fransisco and Moscow.

Want to learn how to set up you own watch faces too, let me show you how to do it.

Customizing your watch face on the Moto 360

It only takes a few short steps to set your own customer watch face up on your smartwatch for the Moto 360. What works best is to use the Android Wear Application on your smartphone. The phone I use to do it is a Nexus 5.

Step 1. Open the Android Wear App

Select the watch face you would like to use. For this example, I have used the “Dials” watch face. If you would like to see all the watch faces that are available, click on the button labelled <MORE>.

Setting up watchfaces android wear app

Step 2. select the color of the dials

You can choose from a wide selection of dials colors and adjust the background to a nice white or black. I personally find the black somewhat easier to read, especially in the evenings or indoors and it is not as intrusive as the white. But that is fully up to you of course.

There is a toggle button to add the current date too. The date displayed will be that of your current timezone. You cannot change the date to fit one of the smaller dials that you are about to customize in the next step.

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Step 3. scroll down and choose the timezones you would like to display

You can choose two different timezones to be displayed. One on the left and one on the right. The two buttons (left and right) logically correspond to the dials on your watch.

Choose timezones watch face moto 360 dials

Click on one of the two buttons here labelled SF and LON to change the timezone of that respective dial. There is no OKAY button here, so if you select one of the radio buttons you will be taken back to the previous screen straight away and the new timezone will be applied. (see image below)

I chose to set mine to SF and Moscow as explained before, but decided to leave the date variable out. I don’t really look at that anyway – and live in the moment ;-).

Select timezone dials moto 360 watch face

Step 4. Update and apply the changes to your Moto 360

Now the last thing you need to do is click on the UPDATE button (top right hand corner in green in the menu from step 1.) to send the changes directly to your Android Wear smartwatch.

You will feel a slight vibration of your Moto 360 to confirm that the changes have been applied. These steps can be done for any Android Wear Smartwatch of course and are not exclusive to the Moto 360.

Summary of our mini tutorial on how to change your Android Wear watch face

Here is the result:

Setting a watchface Moto 360

I hope this helped you a little and you will be able to start customizing your watch face straight away. Have fun playing around with it and I am sure that you too will find the watch face you like best very soon.

There are many more watch faces that you can download from the Google Play Store. Some are for free (actually most are for free), but for a few of them you might have to pay a little bit of money. You can have at the collection on the Google Play Store here.

I am looking forward to see what type of watch faces the Moto 360 2 will bring for us. I am sure that this will bring customization to a whole different level.

If you have any questions on customizing your smartwatch, please do feel free to leave a comment below and I will have a look at if I can tackle that problem in the next mini tutorial for you.

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.

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.