Update to Motorola Moto 360 greatly improves the battery life of the smartwatch

Update to Motorola Moto 360 greatly improves the battery life of the smartwatch
According to owners of the Android Wear powered Motorola Moto 360, the timepiece has recently received an update that puts a charge into the battery life of the watch. One Moto 360 user wrote on Reddit that his Moto 360 has been off the charger for 30 hours, and he still has 53% battery life remaining.

To be sure, Ambient Mode must be disabled to achieve this type of battery life. This is the mode that when enabled, keeps the watch face lit up, albeit with dim lighting. Using the Ambient Mode makes the Moto 360 more akin to a regular watch by having the face always available to view. The cost for this is shorter battery life, since the screen is always on. Still, the update also improves the battery life for the Ambient Mode.

The Moto 360 is equipped with a 300mAh battery. Our review showed that with the Ambient Mode off, the watch could last a day without needing to be recharged. With the Ambient Mode on, the battery lasted for about half a day. But with Build# KGW42R and Android Wear softwear version 1.0.1.1448224 on the timepiece, you should be experiencing much longer battery life for your watch.

source: Reddit via AndroidAuthority

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26 Comments

1. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Just like I said, this is probably a bug and a update will fix it.

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

my gear live lasts 1 1/2 to 2 days with moderate use ambient off

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now if they can only fix the bug that prevents them from actually keeping it in stock.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They also need to fix the bug that prevents it from being sold overseas Seems like Moto doesn't want my money haha

2. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Hmm, does this make it worth getting? Or I could wait for the G Watch R...

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think I would just wait until the second iterations of these devices are released. Whenever you buy a first-year product, it's always going to have some bugs/glitches and sometimes poor hardware optimization. I'm sure with the introduction of smartwatches, manufacturers like Qualcomm or Samsung will try to introduce more low power hardware that will make the watches last much longer than they do now (I expect next year's smartwatches to last at least 3 days without needing to be charged, with some touting a week).

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7600; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Whenever you put a smartphone processor with 512mb of ram, and 4gb of storage with an IPS or AMOLED display. Then you might get 3 days out of a smart watch, but then that is with hardly any usage and the display turned off. If you want a watch face that is constantly on, then it has to be an e-ink display. If you want a simple smart watch like pebble with an e-ink display and battery life in mind, then get one of those. If you want a smart watch that goes way beyond a pebble, then Android Wear is the way to go. In fact Android Wear 2.0 is suppose to have a built in music player and can also pair with a Bluetooth headset. So you won't need to have your smart phone with you. Android Wear 2.0 update is suppose to be released in October.

5. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Depends.. If you like rugged watches like the G-Shock wait for the G Watch R.. If you want more of a elegant watch, go for the Moto 360.. The thing that stops me from buying the Moto 360 is the bezel.. :/

24. ultraomega

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

And the '80s bezel on the G Watch R is stopping me from getting that one. Who ever thought of putting large numbers on the bezel for a smart watch should kill themselves.

3. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

not an apple fan or anything but I like the apple watch more

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If you have a preference then cool. Personally, I like the Moto 360 and the G Watch R, but I'm having difficulty finding justification to actually spend money on them.

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

texting with it alone is worth it

7. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

I do too - but before it was announced I was expecting it to either have some revolutionary new tech which would allow a week with no re-charge. Either a new display that stays on all day while drawing minimal power or some revolution battery tech. Its let me down in that respect. I like the design, the options and even the UI, its still my favorite smartwatch for now - but I honestly expected more.

9. jerrycutshaw

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I was very much looking forward to the Apple Watch. My thought was if anyone could make a smart watch beautiful it was Apple. I was very disappointed. I think Moto is the only one with a smart watch that doesn't look hideous. Like Dr. Phil I will wait a year or 2 until the bugs in the category have worked themselves out. Hopefully by then these time pieces will be thinner and more attractive. Props to Moto for making the 360 not only attractive but useful with (finally) better battery life.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, you were disappointed because the Apple Watch was it wasn't a fresh concept, it was Apple's response to Android Wear. Sure it did some things right, but it also fell short of people's expectations. And design is completely subjective, so you can like or hate the look. I don't think very many people will get into the smart watch market until display tech and battery tech can improve enough to allow a weeks worth of usage out of a single charge, I'm one of those people. So for now, I wait and observe the market.

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2300; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

How can you like a watch that currently doesn't physically exist?

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Just made it to last an hour longer.... Smartwatches are doomed already.

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Smartwatches will probably starting working in 2016.

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This and the Apple watch are my favorites. The battery was the one thing that stopped me from considering it but I may jump yet

15. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

I just don't get the point of smartwatches. I mean yeah I like the apple watch but I still hate the fact that I have to charge it. I mean I've never seen anyone charge their watch. We already have many things to charge (phone, laptop, tablet, etc)

16. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Motorola: Use modern processor tech, switch display to Mirasol, and you're done. You're welcome.

18. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Mirasol? No thank you...

17. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Why can't Motorola just be open with their release dates?! I've waited since the leaks were out for this watch and it still isn't out yet in the UK...

20. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Great news.. I'm seriously thinking of switching carriers soon and was planning to get the new Moto X. and what better to go with it? An awesome Moto 360, that what.

23. paulyd0021

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

My LG G watch generally lasts me about 2 days with the "always on" feature turned OFF and honestly, I prefer that mode to be turned off anyway for both battery (why waste it) and privacy reasons (easier for others to read notifications you don't dismiss right away). Whenever I need to look at my watch, the screen turns on in less than a second simply by twisting my wrist so the watch face is towards me. Whenever I get a notification the screen also turns on automatically. So I don't see a serious need to have it always be on, plus after dark it would be annoying to have a light constantly emitting from my wrist. Anyways, kudos to Motorola for coming up with a fix to the 360's biggest flaw. I think it's probably the nicest looking smart watch yet. Although I'll also say that I think the LG G Watch is a bit underrated. I like it's simplistic design. I like that it isn't super attention grabbing. However if you do want to spice things up, you can buy all different kinds skins which work really well with the G Watch's square design. Right now I have a wood material skin on mine and matched it with a nice leather strap. The combo looks pretty great, I've even gotten a few compliments about it.

25. jkapster

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

While everyone is complaining and debating on the Moto 360....I am just simply enjoying mine! :)

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