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Motorola announces ‘Moto 360’ Android Wear smartwatch arriving globally this summer


Moto360Following Google’s release of the “Android Wear” SDK preview to help bring Android to wearable devices, Motorola has just announced that it will be bringing out an Android Wear smartwatch this summer. From the looks of it, the Moto 360 smartwatch will be a somewhat high-end watch that rely a lot on traditional watch design, at least as far as smartwatches go. Motorola isn’t announcing pricing or many details regarding specs, but it is saying that the Moto 360 will feature “premium materials” and arrive globally in several styles this summer.

Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you, telling you what you need to know before you know you need it through subtle alerts and notifications. With just a twist of the wrist you can see who’s emailing or calling, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social post… Moto 360 also responds to your voice. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like who won the Stanford vs. New Mexico game or what time your flight leaves, or to get stuff done like scheduling an appointment, sending a text, setting an alarm or taking a note.

We don’t know have many more details, but a new site for the Moto 360 shows that Motorola will have what appears to be an option between steel or a rubber-like material leather for the watch strap. The company posted a video (above) that gives a glimpse at the making of the watch.

This morning, alongside the announcement of the new Android Wear SDK for wearables, Google also announced a number of partners working on projects including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brand Fossil Group. At least Fossil Group and LG, and now Motorola, have already announced plans to bring devices out later this year.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.