Purported Moto 360 follow-up codenamed "Smelt" leaks with higher resolution display

Purported Moto 360 follow-up codenamed
Last month, we saw an image of a new Motorola smartwatch being transported in a briefcase. It led us to various speculations of a possible successor to the famous timepiece heading our way, and it seems there might be more to this than mere guesswork. 

Apparently, a "popular app developer" recently had an unknown Motorola-made Android Wear device connect to his Android developer console. The device was located in the city of Mundelein, which is near Motorola's Chicago, Illinois headquarters. Digging through the profile info revealed a device was codenamed "Smelt" and its Android Wear version was Android 5.1. The screen had a 360x360 resolution (get it?), and the processor running the show was described as 'armeabi-v7a', which we assume stands for ARM v7 CPU architecture with extended instructions support.

Furthermore, the "Smelt" codename asserts to molten metal, which suggest the purported Moto 360 sequel will be an all-metal smartwatch too. From looking at the previous photo, we don't expect any drastic redesign work, but Motorola certainly has room for improving the smartwatch's app performance, battery life, and build quality (the plastic back is prone to breaking), in addition to accomplishing a fully circular display this time around.

source: Phandroid



1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

just make it smaller like Apple did.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, they need a smaller variant as well. As a jewelry product, women would be a very lucrative market for this kind of stuff and a smaller version would go a long way into making it appealing to them.

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

That black bar looks utter crap.

3. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

lol right? a lot of reviews say that you won't notice it after awhile but even on dark watch faces my eyes always gravitate towards it. hopefully moto will fix that for this next watch

7. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

I have one. After a few days you do just forget about it. It's seriously not a big deal at all. And I wouldn't call it anything for them to "fix". I'd rather have a watch that looks nice with clean, thin bezels, than that mess of a watch called the G Watch R.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can honestly say you don't notice the bar when you use dark watch faces. However with that said I think Motorola could put the light sensor in the stainless steel case. In other words cut out a notch in the steel case for the light sensor to sit in. That way the there would be little to no bar. I hope they add WiFi and more storage as well for the next version.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't think they could notch out the case, it's pretty thin the way it is. I also vote for WiFi, but instead of storage I'd rather see a larger battery and maybe GPS.

6. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I've had the Moto 360 since last October and I can tell you after a week, I forgot the black bar is there. While I would prefer a full circular display, it doesn't bother be at all.

5. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Please no more flat tire :)

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The only way they're getting rid of the flat tire is if they also get rid of the ambient light sensor. It has to be on the same plane, facing the same direction, as the display for it to work. The only other option besides making a large bezel all the way around is to have a little protrusion on the side of the face for the sensor, but then instead of complaining about a flat tire everyone will complain about a wart or zit.

11. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

So how come no other manufacturer has an as unpleasant solution?

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Because they apparently put looks over having that feature. Show me a smartwatch that has an ambient light sensor and doesn't have a bezel. The ambient light sensor, like on smartphones, is their to adjust light level which makes them not as glaring in low light situations and also prolongs battery life. As I've said before, if they dropped the ALS, they could have a display similar to Huawei's with no bezel and perfectly round, but at the cost of having that feature.

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