Google pulls the 2nd gen Moto 360 from its store


The past few months have been a particularly bad time for Android Wear, Google's smartwatch platform, following several of its most prolific vendors' announcements that, as of September, no new devices will be launched in the near future. With stocks slowly running out, the number of watches sold through the Google store has been steadily declining. The latest victim of this phenomenon is the second-generation Moto 360, reportedly the last product of its kind from the company, which has quietly been removed from the storefront.

As of now, the Google Store offers only four Android Wear devices – the sports-oriented Polar M600, two Michael Kors watches – the Access Dylan and Access Bradshaw, and the Nixon Mission. Still, if the Moto 360 is still on your to-buy list, it hasn't yet been removed from Amazon and a few other retailers, but be aware that quantities are likely to be limited.

In our review of the Moto 360 (2015), we found it to be one of the more compelling devices on the market, which still holds true more than a year after its release, making it one of the better choices on the market even now. Also worth noting is that the 360 is one of 18 smartwatches confirmed to be getting Android Wear 2.0, which, according to rumors, is just around the corner. The update will bring a number of new features, including a standalone Play Store for the platform. The only new devices in the pipeline that we know of are two yet unannounced LG watches – the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, which look pretty interesting, but don't increase the platform selection by much.

via 9to5Google

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7 Comments

1. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I loved the second generation so much more than the first. Battery life was vastly improved. Only problem is that it wasn't water resistant. My wife got me a beautiful new EcoDrive watch for Christmas, and I have to say I forgot how freeing it was to never have to take your watch off for anything. Charging, showering, swimming..... Anything! As much as I enjoyed my watches the only thing I can say was useful was never having to take my phone out to see who was texting or calling me. If I'm going to go back I have to have full water resistance, and a battery that can last at least a week on a charge.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you wanted a waterproof Android Wear watch, then there is a number of them now. The Nixon Mission (100 meters), Casio WSD-F10 and now the F20 (50 meters), as well as the Polar M600. If you only care about ip67/8, then there is a lot more Android Wear smart watches in this category. As far as getting a week out of a smart watch with a SoC that can run a smartphone. Then good luck with that one. The Pebbles could get a week, but then they were using a MCU as a processor which is very limited in ram. Therefore it couldn't run a complex OS like Android Wear. The Pebbles also didn't have wifi or could never store music, didn't have speakers, they also had low resolution eink displays, no GPS, and the list goes on. If you want a simple watch that doesn't do a lot, then you can still pick up a lot of watches like the Pebble right now. It's funny you talk about smart watches, but the the Casio Eco drive is a watch, that couldn't be further from a smart watch. You want a tough smart watch, then get a Casio WSD-F20, especially with its dust, water, and shock proofing.

2. ebilcake

Posts: 1229; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Hated the Moto 360, Android wear was not very intuitive at all and that "flat tyre" design is really horrible, also it was a little too big. I didn't think the design would bother me but it really did, whatever face you pick the bottom will be cut off and it looks stupid.

4. Vickytan

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Android wear are laggy as hell. If you own any one of them especially the huawei ones, you'll know what I mean. got myself a gear s2 classic and never looked back. Even after a year its still kicking ass. Google seriously needs to do something about it.

7. lainez21

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 31, 2014

Don't know what you're talking about. I've had my Moto 360 2nd gen since it launched and it's never lagged. Guess you had bad luck or got a defective watch

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The only smartwatchs worth getting are the gear S3, the Apple Watch of course, and the Timex one.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The Apple Watch? Haha! Thanks for making me lough. The only watch that looks like a small smartphone with a strap, the only one that doesn't offer an always-on option to be able to tell the time, the only major platform with no LTE support, no predictive notification system like Google Now, no gesture support (of course it has the digital crown, which needs to occupy your other hand too to scroll). What is really so good about the Apple Watch that people think it is a good smartwatch? Fitness log? Every fitness band is just as good. Waterproofing? The Nixon Mission has you covered there too. Notifications? Android Wear is cleverer. Calls? Again, Samsung Gears and Android Wear offer LTE. Sorry, but there is nothing that the Apple Watch does better, it just has the badge that makes people look everywhere unicorns.

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