Check out this early prototype of Google's Motorola-made smartwatch from 2013

Yesterday, Motorola's senior vice president, Rick Osterloh, posted a pretty interesting tweet through the company's official Twitter handle: Motorola is looking at wearables, again. After the MotoACTV's failure to gain traction, the company will be revisiting the currently buzzing niche again, with the goal to improve on key consumer concerns: style & battery life.

Such statements rarely come before the company has internally coordinated a move, of course, and the folks over at Android Police have the proof in the form of several snaps of an early prototype smartwatch, that could end up being the product that Google is expected to announce later this year. The smartwatch, apparently assembled by Motorola itself, was apparently slated for a release under the Google Watch (shocker) name. The prototype's assembly is speculated to have taken place sometime in 2013.

The exact hardware specs of the smartwatch are obviously unknown, but as Android Police notes, the software behind it could be quite interesting. For example, the volume rocker appears to have a running person/microphone icons instead of the traditional plus and minus cues. Speculation has it that the former activates some sort of a fitness mode, while the later would allow you to use your voice to command the device. You can check it out in the gallery below, and also make sure to inspect the basic blueprint of the device created by the guys behind Android Police.

As to whether this prototype is still undergoing development, it remains unknown. In any case, Motorola has been a Google 'captive' long enough for the latter to seriously consider doing things in-house.



1. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Everybody likes to rag on Motorola, but notice they were trying things before anyone else, like fingerprint scanners & wearables. No one else had a smart watch when the MotoACTV was released. And I think they were onto something with their lapdock as well. IMHO, real innovation is coming up with entirely new concepts, not refining existing ones.

2. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

They only made it based on Apple iWatch rumors, Apple isn't the first, but no one pulls the trigger till Apple does, that's why the are the industry leader and everyone else follows.

3. phatcow

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

How many times can you say Apple? haha "Apple isn't the first, but no one pulls the trigger till Apple does" wouldn't that make them first? Where's the iWatch now? There were rumors about a 12inch iPad after all the 12inch, 27inch, etc tablets came out. 4inch, 5inch, 6inch, phones out and now the rumors. Pretty sure smartwatches existed before the iWatch rumor. Industry leader? Don't think so... Just remember when 3.5inch screen was perfect size screen for a phone... then 4inch....

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While searching i found there was a watch that ran Linux back in 2000, but I'm sure they were responding to rumors of the iWatch also.

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lol.. what a crock. What Apple is doing is waiting.. they are watching and waiting to see what features people latch on to when it comes to smart watches.. letting the other companies innovate and experience the successes and failures of breaking ground in the smart watch arena. Apple will then swoop in with their iWatch and claim to be the first, most innovative.. etc. They're merely capitalizing on what the other companies have struggled with.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I haven't been able to find the release date for the MotoACTV, but there are forum posts of people using them in late 2011, which means it was released before that and r&d started well before even that. Apple isn't usually first, but they take existing concepts and refine or conglomerate them together, and call it innovation.

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