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?

5 reasons why you should buy the Moto 360 right now

There are a number of reasons why you should buy the Moto 360 right now. Let me walk you through them.

1. The Moto 360 2 is on its way

Probably the best argument for buying the current Moto 360 right now is that there is a new version on its way. This means that the first Moto 360 will continue to drop in price and will probably run out of stock as soon as the new one is released shortly after.

For those of you who are not willing and able to spend more than $300 on a smartwatch, the Moto 360’s first generation watch is a welcome alternative. You can make one your own at a humble price of somewhere between $120-$150.

2. The best looking Android Wear smartwatch

Of course this is somewhat of a tricky statement, but I find the Moto 360 to be the best looking smartwatch on the planet. That is because it is stylish enough to wear every single day and does not look too boxy/technical.

You can wear it to work, meet business partners or on any regular day when you are out and about and it will “always” fit to your outfit and the occasion.

3. Looking for a fitness tracker, like Fitbit? 

If you would like to start tracking your health and fitness and are thinking about buying a smartwatch or fitness tracker to do so, think about the advantages of having an actual screen on your wrist instead of just a piece of “plastic” with a few LED lights.

The Moto 360 can track your health and fitness using the Moto Health Tracking App or Google Fit. Both track your heart rate and the steps that you take per day. Plus the apps have a push notification system that alerts you when you should do a little bit more to meet your goals.

4. Your friends will be jealous and think it is the “Apple Watch”

Interestingly enough, still a lot of people have not seen the Apple Watch. The Moto 360 might be an actual alternative for many due to its form factor. The Apple Watch looks very technical and is not the most beautiful product out there.

Next to that, compatibility is an issue. As more than 60% of all smartphones out there run Android, they are not compatible with the Apple Watch. In the Android Wearables universe, this is arguably the most pretty smartwatch out there that you CAN actually use.

5. Try it out, great entry model smartwatch

If you are not sure about whether a smartwatch is really useful for you or not, spending $120ish bucks on trying one out and giving it a run for its money is not all that bad.

Every day life and you lifestyle will determine how useful it is for you to wear a smartwatch or any other wearable for that matter. So why not try this one out and give it a shot. Either you love it, or you’ll hate it, but at least you can have an honest opinion on whether you consider it to be useful or not.

Summary: why to buy a Moto 360 now

I guess I could go on for a little bit more. I think you should of course decide for yourself if you would like to give the Moto 360 a round for its money.

In my opinion: It is great value for money, beautifully crafted and surely worth giving it a go. Thinking about buying one? Or still have questions/doubts? Please do leave your comments below and I will help you out to take the right decision.

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.

change watch face moto 360 dials

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.

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.

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

Tylt watch bands for Moto 360

Great article @pathaydenjones.com

I like the standard black leather watchband for the Moto 360. It’s comfortable and reasonably stylish. That band was a major reason I found the Moto one of the most comfortable watches I have owned. I’ve got a number of watches, not a crazy amount, but I like a good watch and my previous favorite […]

http://pathaydenjones.com/2015/06/07/tylt-watch-bands-for-moto-360/

Blackberry is thinking about launching Android phone

BlackBerry is thinking about using Android for an upcoming smartphone, according to a report in Reuters. The potential move is said to be part of a pivot to focus on software and device management rather than owning the operating system from top to bottom. That may well make sense for BlackBerry — after several delays to its BlackBerry 10 OS and an unspectacular launch in early 2013, the storied Canadian company now has under one percent of the smartphone market.

According to the report, the sliding phone briefly shown off at Mobile World Congress (above) is likely to use Google’s OS, meaning that BlackBerry would at least be contributing an unorthodox form factor to the Android ecosystem. “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.

While the move would be somewhat surprising, BlackBerry has flirted with Android in the past. BlackBerry 10 relies on emulated Android apps for much of its library, the BBM Messenger app was eventually released on iOS and Android, and BlackBerry has integrated its security technology into the Knox software on Samsung’s Android phones. Releasing a full-fledged Android phone could boost BlackBerry’s enterprise credentials by proving that its security and device management software can work on other, more popular platforms.

source: The Verge