Moto 360 will use sapphire glass, wireless charging -- report

Motorola has touted the premium materials for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, which could include a step-up for its face.

The Moto 360 could employ a sapphire glass face, according to games and gadget blog G for Games, which cited unnamed sources.

In addition, the site reported that the Moto 360 could also use an OLED display, as well as magnetic induction wireless charging.

A Motorola representative declined to comment on the rumor, but teased more to come.

These rumored details seem to fit in with what Motorola has hinted at with the Moto 360. Sapphire is often used in … Read more

Voice is not enough: Motion is key to Android Wear

Google and Motorola rolled out their joint vision of Android Wear, the Moto 360, and the future of wearables on Tuesday. (LG also gave us a taste of its upcoming G Watch.) Based on the few videos and all the information released for developers, it appears that Google's wearable platform is a fancy port of Google Now "cards" and voice control in a pretty spiffy, new form factor.

While this is the focus of the developer preview out this week, don't be fooled. Android Wear will be much more than just some full-faced watches that respond to speech, taps, and swipes. For the past few years now, Google has been telegraphing that it is much more interested in how we ambulate our entire bodies, not just our index fingers and vocal cords. … Read more

Moto 360: The future of Android Wear is round

The landscape of smartwatches is changing fast, and most of that has to do with Google taking its next big step with Android Wear. Essentially Android for wearables, Android Wear aims to consolidate and unify smartwatches and other devices to work well with Google Now, and create a new wave of better products.

The Moto 360 is Motorola's first Android Wear device, and one of only two flagship Android Wear products so far (the other is the LG G Watch, which we know far less about). So, what makes the Moto 360 so interesting? For the most part, it'… Read more

Moto 360 smartwatch to ship in limited quantity, says report

Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, which will use Google's Android Wear, might not be readily available, a new report claimed.

The Moto 360's circular design and thus, circular-shaped components, make it exceedingly difficult to manufacture it in large quantities, Android Headlines reported on Wednesday, citing a person who claims to have knowledge of the launch plans. Therefore, Motorola will either have to deal with limited supply in all the countries it plans to launch the smartwatch, or it will have to cut back on launch locations out of the gate, the report claimed.

Motorola shed some light on the Moto 360 on TuesdayRead more

Motorola unveils Android Wear-powered Moto 360

Motorola Mobility is trying to bring the sexy back to wearables with the Moto 360.

Motorola confirmed in a blog post Tuesday that it will join the ranks of hardware partners who have lined up to use Google's Android Wear, a modified operating system designed for wearables. The company had previously disclosed at a press conference in Mobile World Congress that it had plans to build a smartwatch.

That watch is the Moto 360, which the company said would launch in the summer, starting in the US. Motorola only offered a small glimpse, but the device looks like an … Read more

Google's Project Tango phone rocks four cameras

When Google decided to ship most of Motorola over to China and its new home with Lenovo, it held on to Moto's Advanced Technologies and Projects division, which has been working on some of the more crazy, and Google X-like, initiatives -- like a modular smartphone (Project Ara) and a 3D-mapping phone (Project Tango).

It seems as though the only phones Google is truly interested in making in-house are those that push the boundaries of what a smartphone is and is meant to do. Now we have some idea of what the Project Tango phone, which is kind of like taking Google's mapping and Street View initiatives down to an even more detailed level, will shape up to be. … Read more

Motorola's new Moto X coming this summer?

Some have feared that Lenovo buying Motorola from Google meant the end to the company's popular low-cost phones, such as Moto X and Moto G. But it appears the Moto X will stay the same at least for a while longer.

During this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Motorola held a Q&A on Twitter letting people ask what's the deal with the company's line of phones. One follower asked, "When is next version of Moto X?" and Motorola coyly responded, "Keep posted - hint - late summer."

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Chief of Google's Project Ara talks modular smartphones

It's been a few months since Motorola announced its modular smartphone idea called Project Ara. Since then, Google has sold the phone maker to Lenovo and it's been unclear what would happen with the project. But now, new details are emerging.

It turns out Google held onto Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group where Project Ara was housed. Run by Regina Dugan, the former director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), ATAP is now under Google's Android umbrella.

The project, which aims to help smartphone users build customizable handsets, is expected to have a … Read more

Motorola wants in on the smartwatch game, too -- and soon

BARCELONA, Spain -- Motorola Mobility may be a lame duck waiting for Lenovo to take the reins, but that doesn't mean it can't make a little noise.

Motorola, for now still a unit of Google, said Tuesday that it will build a smartwatch for later this year. The product will "solve real user problems," will be treated more like an item of jewelry, and will be announced in a few months, according to Rick Osterloh, vice president of product at Motorola.

"Right now, there are no wearable products you actually want to wear, and it'… Read more