The much anticipated smartwatch by Motorola the Moto 360, was not launched in Google I/O as initially expected. There were demo units and Sundar Pichai was wearing the device. However, at the end of the conference, Google announced that the Moto 360 would not be available during the conference but will be available later in the summer, presumably launching along side the Moto X follow up the Moto X+1.
The Moto 360 marks Motorola’s second and latest attempt at stepping into the wearables space. Their initial attempt, the MOTOACTV was quite well received. It was a small fitness focused Android smartwatch powered by Android 2.3.6, Gingerbread. The device was only released in limited capacity and never saw a release in Asia or locally in Malaysia.
The Moto 360 has also been very well received by the Tech Community and has become very much anticipated by this community as well as technology based media. The device is also the first Android Wear device announced with a round form factor. To make the pot sweeter Motorola has touted Moto Maker support for the device. It was seen with a leather strap at Google I/O but presumably will be available with a metal strap as well.
According to a China based online retailer, Jing Dong, the Moto 360 will be sold for a whopping ￥2799.00 which equates to RM 1500.00 which is a whole lot more than the originally anticipated USD$ 250.00 (RM800) based on the details of Motorola’s watch face contest.
While the price maybe a place holder for the device, we don’t expect that the price will be that steep given the competition such as the LG Watch and Samsung Gear Live stay within the USD$ 220 (RM 710) to USD$ 300 (RM 1000) range. We’ll get more details in the next few weeks as the expected release date nears.