Yang Yuanqing, the chief executive officer of Lenovo (which now owns Motorola), may have accidentally revealed the upcoming successor to the Moto 360 smartwatch. As reported by Chinese news site MyDrivers, Yuanqing posted an image of what appears to be various components of smartwatches on his account on Weibo, China's most popular social media website.
Yuanqing has since deleted the post, but not before news agencies have gotten hold of the story (and grabbed screenshots of the post).
The smartwatch shown in the leaked photo does appear to have the same round-shaped face as the current Moto 360 smartwatch. Also, the bands that are displayed along with the smartwatch face feature gold and dark grey metal bands, as well as some leather ones. Which means that the next Moto 360 iteration will surely come with lots of different band options.
This makes a lot of sense. Motorola after all recently included the Moto 360 smartwatch in Moto Maker, the phone maker's customization tool that lets customers decide for themselves which combination of watch faces, case finishes, and band styles they would like incorporated in the Moto 360 they are going to purchase.
As for the next generation Moto 360 smartwatch, Motorola is definitely continuing to optimize the customization capabilities of Moto Maker for this new upcoming version.
Still, the current Moto 360 is still relatively young. After all, it has only been launched a few months ago. Its successor could still be several months or a full year away from being unveiled. And despite the Apple Watch hogging all the limelight in the last few weeks as anticipation for its launch is reaching fever pitch levels, the Moto 360 still remains a very good choice for a smartwatch, especially when you consider the current crop of smartwatches available for sale in the market today.
When it first came out in September of last year, the Moto 360 became of the best-selling wearable devices powered by Android Wear. It might have helped that the device actually felt and looked like a traditional watch. But as far as its high-tech specifications go, the Moto 360 really did impress.
The leaked photo of the possible successor of the Moto 360 does not offer much in terms of hardware and software specifications. Indeed, it is still far too early to tell if Motorola has made significant improvements to the wearable device and how big or extensive those improvements are. But considering that the competition has become even more fierce (especially now that TAG Heuer has joined in on the fun), Motorola will need to step up its game if it wants to contend. The same goes for Samsung, LG, and other smartwatch makers too.
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