The American e-tailer confirms that the previous leak of the Moto 360 smartwatch was just an accident. Since everyone else was trying to keep things secret until the official launch, it would seem that Best Buy spilled the beans.
Moto 360 is the third smartwatch running Android Wear, Google’s version of its mobile OS that’s tailored for wearables. As it has yet to be officially launched, it’s the most anticipated of the series, and its design must have contributed to that a lot. While most smartwatches come with a rectangular face, Moto 360 took the classic route and packs all of its hardware in a round case.
A couple of weeks ago, @evleaks showcased some of the most recent renderings of the Moto 360 smartwatch, in what was to be one of his last contributions to the world of leaked images. This weekend, however, Best Buy made public the specs of the device, and today admitted that it all was a mistake. That’s definitely the case, as the watch is supposed to be launched on September 4, at an event organized by Motorola.
Sporting a 1.5-inch backlit LCD display screen, Moto 360 is said to come with voice-activation abilities and Wi-Fi, something that’s not present in the other two Android Wear smartwatches. It will be compatible with smartphones and tablets running Android 4.3 or newer.
According to Best Buy’s leaked specs (which have obviously been removed in the meantime), Moto 360 will be available in two colors, namely black and gray. The non-metal wristband may make it look cheap, and a lot of people complain about it being too thick, but it remains to be seen how the smartwatch looks in real life before judging it.
One of its main strong points is the price of only $250, a lot less than both the Samsung and the LG Android Wear watches. Most would claim that Motorola is a bit late to the Android Wear game, and that the users of the Moto 360 smartwatch aren’t early adopters of the latest tech, unlike the owners of LG or Samsung Android Wear smartwatches. Still, its shape and UI make it a more attractive option, and the enthusiasm of geeks whenever photos or specs of it are leaked can only confirm that.
As Sherlock would say, the game will be on by the time Apple decides to launch its smartwatch into the world, so the Cupertino company had better come with something truly revolutionary. I kind of doubt that, however.