Moto 360 to be the first Android Wear device with an ambient light sensor

Moto 360 to be the first Android Wear device with an ambient light sensor
Motorola has been extremely tight-lipped when it comes to the Moto 360 smartwatch. We know what it'll look like; we know it runs Android Wear; it will have wireless charging; and, we know it'll be announced this summer. That's all the info that Motorola has given, until now. It turns out that the little black bar at the bottom of the display is carrying a sensor that no other Android Wear device contains.

It has been known since Google I/O that the black bar below the Moto 360 display contains the display drivers for the device, but apparently, Motorola actually outed a bit more info than that when it was showing off the device at Google I/O last month. Motorola's Cathay Bi actually told TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington that there will also be an ambient light sensor in that black bar (1:55 in the video below). 

This is actually pretty interesting news, because no other Android Wear device has an ambient light sensor. This will allow the Moto 360 to automatically adjust the brightness of the display, depending on if you're inside or out. Given the usage of a smartwatch, it is a bit odd that the Moto 360 is the only device to have the sensor, but it obviously won't be the last. 


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10 Comments

1. RocKO03

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Moto 360 already awesome, Moto Rocks...!

8. steedsofwar unregistered

Agreed, It's the only compelling design and execution that finally might get me to jump onto the smartwatch bandwagon. BTW, did you see the amazing viewing angles?

2. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Moto X and Moto 360 go great together. :) I hope it sells like hotcakes. :)

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Well it's not based on Android Wear but the Sony Smartwatch 2 also has an ambient light sensor for auto-brightness.

4. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

That's really nice

5. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Not bad...although still doesn't make the Moto 360 THAT good...

6. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I hope they make up some type of bundle for both the phone and android wear

7. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Too bad it's Android Wear, I don't like Android Wear. However, the watch itself is beyond gorgeous.

9. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

this looks quite expensive but considering its motorola made it might not be too much to ask form an average user.

10. fjftokyo

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

it's gonna cost around $350 to $500 is it a good idea to buy it?... I guess but personally Why would you I mean my Gshock Casio watch was $80 and it's lasted me two years already with the same battery, you would have to recharge the moto 360 every 48 hours if the battery even lasts that long. I don't know I just find smart watches a nice idea but not a practicle one considering that if and when it breaks for whatever reason how much would it cost to fix, the recalls of the product the resell of it once time has passed. in my opinion it's not worth it.

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