Some Moto 360 users are having image persistence problems

Some Moto 360 users are having image persistence problems
One of the most widely liked features of the Moto 360 has been its charger. The Moto 360 has a wireless charging base, and when you place the watch on to charge, it will go into "alarm clock" mode, where it shows the time and the charging level. Unfortunately, some users are already reporting problems with image persistence because of that.

Basically, this means that when an image is on the screen for too long without changing (like when the 360 is charging), you will end up seeing a "ghost" of whatever had been on the screen. In this case, that means the Moto logo, the charging circle meter, and the hour number for the time. To be clear, the problem isn't quite as bad as burn-in, like you'd find on an old CRT monitor or on newer OLED panels, if an image stays on the screen too long. Burn-in is a permanent issue, but in this case, because the 360 uses an LCD panel, the issue should be fixable. 

If you're having this problem with your Moto 360, you should be able to fix the issue by keeping the display off for a while. The other option is to show a moving image, which Android Wear can't do, so you might be able to coax the pixels back to where they should be by shifting through apps or the settings menu. The Convergence watch face may also help out. 


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18 Comments

1. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

The Gear S seems to look & get better everyday :)

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"If you're having this problem with your Moto 360, you should be able to fix the issue by keeping the display off for a while. The other option is to show a moving image, which Android Wear can't do" The moto 360 can easily show moving images. I have space invaders game on my Gear Live and LG G Watch, and a watch face that allows you to use animated gifs. Not to mention I have a remote camera app that is live. So where ever I point my phone, then I see the image on my watch, live. Maybe if you guys actually had an Android Wear device, then you would know this stuff.

4. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

At least on a smartwarch, Tizen OS seems to work better and is definitely more functional than Android Wear ATM.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Tizen OS is nice with its HTML5 and JavaScript apps. But that is the only way to get functionally to tizen watches. With Android Wear you don't have to actually create an app for the watch. Existing Android phone or tablet apps can add in some Android Wear functionality without the need to actually create an app for a Android Wear watch. This is something Tizen watches cannot do. Also for now people can turn off the bed side clock feature on the Moto 360. This will eliminate that burn in problem. I am surprised that this is really happening on an IPS display. I can understand if this was an AMOLED display. But IPS displays don't usually suffer from burn in. I guess it must be compounded by the fact that its also using wireless charging which might also effect the display.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder if this is one of the first original AMOLED versions of the Moto 360.

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

wow seriously

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Hope Moto release a software patch to change the charging behavior and replace the defective models.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

To get around the problem now. Users can go into the settings to turn off the display while its charging. So no bed side clock for now. :-( I am surprised to see any burn in on an IPS display, but maybe it compounded by the fact that its also using wireless charging as well.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

moto 360 has the most pitiful battery, about half of lg smartwatch battery live, and now this..ancient hardware.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Always wait for a sequel never rush out buying a smart watch.

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Coming from someone that kept on posting that he's buying the 360 as soon as it's out..lol http://tinyurl.com/ma6uxe8http://tinyurl.com/lbgrbtvhttp://tinyurl.com/kyt5p46

10. jayjay234

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I'm just so glad that I didn't buy this crap..!!

11. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

You realize PA that by "some" you mean 2. TWO reports of burn in, out how how many sold, at least several thousand?

12. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

So, how long does the ghosting persist? 30 seconds? 5 minutes? A pretty important detail! As long as it's not more than a few minutes, I'd say this is a non-issue...

13. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Even without the ghosting, its the lowest resolution display out of all the smart watches, by a pretty wide margin. And that chin at the bottom - uggh! This didn't live up to the hype. I'm looking forward to the Asus Zen Watch personally.

17. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

asus watch is nice, though design a bit too feminine for male.

18. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Wow. And i thought the 'so-called non-existent burn-in' problems for AMOLED were bad. And that display isn't even a perfect circle. Gear S FTW.

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