After months of speculation and furtive glances, Motorola have finally announced release dates and pricing for the Moto 360, their Android Wear watch.
Moto 360 launched with release date:
When Android Wear was announced two months ago, everyone was really impressed with the Moto 360 and couldn’t wait to use it. Now, that reality is closer than before now that Motorola have launched it giving price details and rough launch date.
Expected early October, the Moto 360 will cost £199, the most expensive Android Wear device yet. The Moto 360 rocks the circular display and looks stunning on the wrist with a metallic case and leather strap (metal straps will be available at a later date at a price). When the Moto 360 launches, it will be available at Tesco, Amazon, John Lewis and O2.
Early reviews of the Moto 360 have been mixed. A great review on Verge gives a fair description of it’s pros and cons, which some seem to be daft issues to have (such as the interface not being adapted to circular displays) after being on hold for three months. Cons aside, this is still the most anticipated Android Wear device to be released.
Moto Hint – in-ear access to your phone:
Motorola also unveiled the Moto Hint, an in-ear Bluetooth device used to access you phone and get updates such as asking for a weather update, getting travel directions and (we assume) taking calls. When paired with the Moto X, you can use your custom phrase to interact with the phone without it being taking it out of your pocket, and keeping your eyes and hands free to drive, type or cycle.
Unlike most Bluetooth headsets, the Moto Hint doesn’t have a boom which hangs down the side of your face, instead, it is entirely in ear. Whether this has an effect on the quality of speech recognition or not is yet unclear.
Available in Black and White and with several different designs on the earpiece, the device is recharged in a small USB dongle sized drawer. Both talk time and standby time are unknown at this time.