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Motorola Unveils Moto 360, an Android-Based Smartwatch Coming This Summer

The device, which runs Google's wearable software, will go on sale this summer, starting with the U.S.


Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement of Android Wear, Motorola on Tuesday took the covers off Moto 360, its Android-based smartwatch.

The device, which runs Google’s wearable software, will go on sale this summer, starting with the U.S., Motorola said in a blog post.

“The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago,” Motorola said. “From mechanical to electronic movements, analog to digital faces, the wristwatch has been reinvented several times over, but the basic design has endured for a century because of its elegance and usefulness ‘at a glance.’ Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we reimagined the wristwatch for the future.”

It will do the same kinds of things as other Android Wear devices, such as offering up notifications and status updates and providing voice-controlled queries just by saying “Okay, Google.”

Motorola had said at a press event in Barcelona last month that it planned to launch new wearables this year. The company previously released MotoACTV, an early take on the smartwatch.

Motorola is still owned by Google, but is in the process of being sold to Lenovo.

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