Official tweet reveals that the Motorola Moto 360 successor might bring back the flat tire design


It looks like Motorola might have recently leaked a clear look at the successor to the original Motorola Moto 360, and if you aren't to fond of the flat tire design of the original Moto 360, we've got some bad news.

The information comes as the official Twitter account of Motorola Mobility recently posted a video that demos a currently-unannounced Motorola smartwatch taking voice commands to perform various searches. Now, before going into the details, it should be mentioned that the watch showcased in the video is a render and not an actual piece of hardware, meaning that there's a slight chance we might be looking at a mockup, and not a real device. 

Motorola has taken down the video in the meantime, but the screenshot that we've posted above tells the whole story. As you can notice, the Motorola smartwatch showcased in the video is not the original Moto 360. While we don't know anything about the internal specs, it doesn't take a keen observer to notice that the way that the band connects to the watch - the lugs - is different from what Motorola did with the original Moto 360. Furthermore, the crown seems to sit a bit higher on the watch in the video compared to its position on the Moto 360.

At a first glance, the differences in terms of aesthetics don't seem to be too significant. However, it turns out that the similarities might turn out to be the problem. More to the point, the flat tire found on the lower side of the display is something that many fans hoped for Motorola to make do with on the Moto 360 successor. 

Back when Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 back in September 2014, the company said that the blank portion below the display was required in order to fit in the touch sensor. Since then, other Android Wear smartwatch makers such as LG and Huawei proved that fully circular smartwatch displays are possible, leading many to think that the second-coming of the Moto 360 smartwatch will integrate a fully circular display as well. Unfortunately, it looks like that will not be the case. As previously mentioned, a tiny glimmer of hope still exists that this is not the actual Moto 360 successor, but color us skeptical at this point.

While we can't be sure that this is the Moto 360 successor, all signs seem to point out that the Lenovo-owned company is about to introduce a new smartwatch. Back in Spring, Lenovo's CEO posted an image on Weibo of what many people thought of as being prototypes for the Moto 360 successor. More recently, we've seen mentions of a new Motorola wearable showing up on various regulatory agencies, which is almost always a sign that a new device is about to be launched, or at least officially unveiled.

What do you guys think of this leak? Will you be disappointed if the Moto 360 successor comes with a flat tire design?

source: Motorola via 9to5Google

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29 Comments

31. drazwy

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Same screen. They probably got a crap ton of unsold inventory laying around. LOL

29. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Go home Motorola.. You are drunk...

24. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Seriously Moto? You didn't notice your competitors releasing beautiful FULLY ROUND smartwatches??? This really wasn't the time to drop the ball.

20. TheHitman1982

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

This thing better have a full circle display and not that stupid flat tire. Ive been waiting for the 2nd gen of this watch because of the stupid flat tire. Dont tell me they cant make it without it because there are other round smart watches. If its not completely round Ill buy something else. If I wanted a watch with the bar I would of bought the first 360 a long time ago.

19. talon95

Posts: 1013; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Come on Motorola. You want to sell 50 thousand or a million? Does a rolex have a black bar at the bottom and exclude the 6 o'clock marker? Just not cool. It's an obvious design flaw and no one wants that.

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Disappointing...Expected a full circular display.

17. Krjal

Posts: 448; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I don't really mind it actually. Don't suppose it doubles as a button too?

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks like the lg g watch r is still better than anything Motorola can put out.

14. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Holy wow, this has to be the first or maybe second post by Mxy that I agree with lol! I have the R and it's awesome. I still use it almost daily. Fantastic device.

10. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

who wants a flat tire?...when we can get a gear S2...

8. mr2trce

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Just like a flat tire, that watch ain't going anywhere

7. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

i just can't understand why.

16. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

That's where the sensors are.. It's either that or thicker bezels.. To .me the decision is simple

21. TheHitman1982

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Give me the bezel.

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

f... u motorola

3. ECPirate37

Posts: 359; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

The only reason I didn't buy the first moto 360 is the flat tire. I was planning on getting the second, but if it has a flat tire I'll keep waiting. I've lived my whole life without one, what's another product cycle. Haha

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

That's the spirit..

9. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I have the Moto 360 and after almost a year, I forget my watch has the black bar at the bottom until someone mentions it somewhere. It really isn't such a big deal, even though it would be nice to have a full circular display.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2342; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Its a great watch, and ground breaking design regardless of where the sensors are positioned. I'll definitely buy the next version

22. TheHitman1982

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I'm with ya, but Im not waiting any more, if the 360 2 has it again ill buy something else.

2. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

First world problem.

1. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

waiting on gear s2

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Yea, Gear S2 looks kool.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7685; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Gear S2 does look cool. However if Samsung were to release another Android Wear watch the was round like the S2. Then I would go for the S2. If it is running Tizen, then its a no go. If moto 360 brings back the flat tire, which I already have. Then I have to move to the LG Urbane or Huawei watch.

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why you need to see what there watch OS can do, what I noted of it , it's very cool, apps are no big deal on a watch, I.e. Apples apps are all crap and slow at this time, it's all about how it works if it better than android wear and also works on it own it be good, that and the battery life will be 100% better

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7685; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you don't know how Android Wear works or have ever used it. For instance Android Wear is currently the only platform that supports both Native apps and Android phone or tablet apps that have added Android Wear functionality and support. If its an Android phone app, then there is no app loaded on the Android Wear device. The Android Wear watch is there to send and receive data to and from the phone or tablet app. Tizen only supports Native apps. With Android Wear devices you can easily port existing Android source code over to an Android Wear device. Tizen is using HTML5 and JavaScript. Hands down Android Wear is way better in my books. BTW I have the original Gear, and Gear Neo as well as the Moto 360, LG Urbane, Sony SW3.

30. LordDavon

Posts: 188; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I completely agree. I currently own the iPhone 6 Plus, but will be swapping it for the Note 5 on Friday. Thursday night, I played with the Apple Watch at the Apple Store, then checked out the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S watches at T-Mobile. I really like the size of the Apple Watch, and the OS on the Moto 360. I really wasn't impressed with Gear S at all. I really love the Google Now integration in Android Wear, and use Google Now on my Android tablet all the time, so it just fits my usage. The T-mobile store has a Note 5 there that the Manager let me play with also. I was considering getting the Apple Watch and sticking with my iPhone, but I instantly fell in love with the Note 5. I had a Note 2, and really missed the pen, and the new pen was so much better. I did sense a little lag on the screen when writing though. I don't recall it being so apparent on my Note 2.

23. adecvat

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

with battery less than moto 360

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung got a win, the OS looks very good

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