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Moto 360 smartwatch will pair with 'all devices running Android 4.3 and above'

Unlike Samsung's Gear 2 lineup
Thu Mar 20 2014, 12:16

HARDWARE DESIGNER Motorola has announced that its recently unveiled Moto 360 smartwatch will work with any Android device running Android 4.3 and above.

Motorola hosted a Google Hangout on Wednesday in which Jim Wicks from the company's design group revealed some more details about the Moto 360.

Perhaps the most interesting news that Wicks shared was that the Android Wear powered Moto 360 smartwatch won't work with only Motorola smartphones. Unlike Samsung's Gear smartwatches, the Moto 360 will work with "any Android device running Android 4.3 and above".

While this is good news for Android fans eyeing the round Motorola smartwatch, it's not good news for iPhone users who fancied getting the Moto 360.

Wicks went on to talk about the Moto 360's circular design, and said that the design team decided to give people what they want, with 80 percent of watches sold featuring circlar faces.

"We made a decision to not swim against the cultural currant, and instead thought 'lets go with it'. 80 percent of the watches sold are circular, and we felt it was important not to try and defy gravity," Wicks said.

"Time historically was represented by a circle, be it a sun dial or a wristwatch. Now, at train stations and airports, time is still represented by a circle, and we thought it was important to leverage that."

Wicks didn't reveal much else about the Moto 360's design, but did say that it will launch with a stainless steel casing and interchangeable straps and will be water resistant.

He also hinted that the Moto 360 might feature an always-on display, saying that whenever a user lifts it to look at the time, it will be there without needing to press any buttons.

The INQUIRER is running a debate this week on the rise of the Internet of Things that is powering wearable technology development. We'd like to hear your views on whether the Internet of Things will kill privacy, or whether user data collected by smart devices will be adequately protected. You can vote for or against these propositions here. µ


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