Motorola's smartwatch could have featured a rectangular screen
But Motorola decided to differentiate its timepiece by going with the flat tire design, which we will call round. Thanks to some old photos of a rectangular Motorola smartwatch prototype, we can look back at what might have been. The shape of the screen is not the only thing different compared to the Moto 360. The prototype features a microUSB charging port instead of the magnetic induction charging that was eventually used on the Android Wear powered watch.
There is a certain elegance to a round smartwatch like the Motorola Moto 360, that you don't get from some square or rectangular screened smartwatches. This is even true when other manufacturers, like Huawei, go round with their smartwatch design. While we will never know, Huawei and others might have opted for the rectangle instead of the circle had Motorola not tried it first.
Check out images of the Motorola smartwatch prototype that pre-dated the Moto 360, by clicking on the slideshow below.