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).
Moto 360 became one of the best-selling Android Wear devices when it first came out in September last year. The smartwatch was a hit with its impressive specifications and the fact that it actually looks and feels like a traditional watch. These attributes aside, some customers may have been left wondering if Motorola could have done better if they actually included the Moto 360 in Moto Maker. It would have been extra cool if buyers could also personalize their Moto 360s via Motorola's hardware design customization tool.
Unbeknownst to many, LG was Google's main partner in developing the hardware components of the first Android Wear smartwatch a year ago. And now the South Korean is setting its sights on another endeavor: producing a smartwatch that actually looks fashionable and classy.
Just recently, LG previewed its newest smartwatch offering, the LG Watch Urbane. This latest wearable device is built with all the functionalities of a smartwatch, but its looks exude a more classic, analog feel.
The LG Watch Urbane is expected to be officially introduced at the Mobile World Congress happening next month in March. LG is positioning the wearable device as an all-metal, all-luxury smartwatch that despite its classical appearance, actually has some pretty impressive features.
According to research firm Canalys, there were more than 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in total last year. That is equivalent to just about 16 percent of the total shipments of wearable devices worldwide in 2014, which numbers 4.6 million.
Based on Canalys's report, the Moto 360 owns the distinction of being the most popular wearable device so far. As for Pebble, the wearable device brand managed to stay strong by adapting aggressive pricing tactics and in part due to an apps lead.
Earlier this month, Motorola introduced a gold edition and a silver edition of its Moto 360 smartwatch. At that time, these Moto 360 variants appeared on Motorola's official website and were listed as "Coming Soon." Apart from these two new editions, Motorola also introduced metal bands that were slimmer, measuring at 18 millimeters in width.
Also, no release dates were announced for the gold and silver editions and for the new slim metal bands. However, as seen on Motorola's website today, the items mentioned above are already listed as "Available."
T-Mobile has announced that it will be launching two new wearable devices within the next few days. These two new additions are Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch and the LG G Watch R. The Moto 360 is actually already being offered by T-Mobile on its online store. Priced at $249.99, the Motorola smartwatch can be bought by customers for $0 down and $10.41 for the first 23 months (customers will need to pay $10.56 for the 24th month) via a Simple Choice plan. As for those who want to purchase the Moto 360 in T-Mobile stores, they will need to wait until November 19th to do so. T-Mobile will also be pushing the LG G Watch R in its stores starting November 19th. This smartwatch is offered by the carrier for $299.99, but interested buyers can get it for just $50 down and $10.41 for the first 23 months (customers will need to pay $10.56 for the 24th month).
Aside from the Nexus 6 phablet, Motorola has added a few new shiny items in its official website that should excite its die-hard fans. First up is the gold edition of the Moto 360 smartwatch. Rendered in elegant champagne-colored golden finish, this version of the Motorola wearable device also comes with a 18 millimeter metallic band. The gold Moto 360 is priced at $329.99. If gold is not right up your alley, you might want to check out the silver edition of the Moto 360, also newly added to Motorola's website. Sporting the same metallic band as the gold edition, the silver Moto 360 comes with a price of $299.99.
This Friday, November 7th, is going to be a busy day for AT&T. The carrier has revealed that it will be launching no less six new devices on that date. These include the HTC One (M8) for Windows smartphone, the HTC Desire Eye smartphone, the Lumia 830 smartphone, the HTC RE camera, the LG G Watch R smartwatch, and the Moto 360 smartwatch.
Good news for fans of Motorola's newest wearable device. The mobile manufacturing company is rolling out an update for the Moto 360. The update includes features such as Bluetooth connectivity and charging notifications as well as a few bug fixes.
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