Motorola brings the Moto 360 smartwatch back from the dead with some outside help

Motorola brings the Moto 360 smartwatch back from the dead with some outside help
Back in 2014, Google had three big tech companies in its corner to support the Android Wear launch from a hardware standpoint. Fast forward five years, and even though global smartwatch sales are putting smartphones to shame with their incredible growth pace, the rebranded Wear OS platform is not doing very well.

Of Big G's three original partners, Motorola threw in the towel several years ago, LG last released a pair of unsuccessful Wear OS devices in early 2017, while Samsung switched its focus to its very own Tizen OS. But out of nowhere, a "new trio" of Moto 360 smartwatches has just been unveiled ahead of a mid-November pre-order start and December rollout in the US, Canada, and the UK.

The aptly titled third-generation Moto 360 follows in the footsteps of 2014 and 2015 editions, but although it uses Motorola's name for advertising purposes, the surprising new gadget is reportedly manufactured by someone else. Specifically, a little-known company called eBuyNow. If that makes you reluctant about this whole thing, you might want to remember HMD Global was also a complete unknown when it started selling Nokia-branded handsets.


Of course, just because that particular licensing deal worked out rather nicely for the mobile industry, it doesn't mean this will also be successful, bringing the Moto brand back into the spotlight of a now-thriving smartwatch market. At first glance, the resurrected Moto 360 looks like it could appeal to both nostalgic users of its forerunners and people interested in buying a modern wearable device with a reasonably elegant design and robust list of features.

Said list of features includes everything from a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor to a sharp 1.2-inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and always-on functionality, as well as 8GB storage, 1GB memory, a built-in heart rate monitor, Google Pay support, GPS, Google Assistant interaction, and an "all-day" 355mAh battery capable of charging from 0 to 100 percent capacity in around 60 minutes. 

On the outside, the third-gen Moto 360 looks fairly similar to its 2015 predecessor, minus the infamous "flat tire", rocking a premium stainless steel build, a rotating crown, customizable "action button", and three color options (steel grey, rose gold, and phantom black), each of which will come with both a leather and silicone strap in the box.

Unfortunately, the $350 recommended price point pits this bad boy pretty much directly against the $399 and up Apple Watch Series 5, which is not a very comfortable position for a Wear OS device. Especially one built by an obscure tech outfit, and especially when the Fossil Gen 5 lineup starts at $295 with extremely similar features in tow.

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5 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1653; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It does look really nice though

2. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Imo, the best looking smartwatch ever made, and I'm glad it's returning with bumped up specs.

3. Deadeye37

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Looks great! Hopefully it does well, but that price point does seem a little high (but not unheard of for the designer brands in the Fossil group). I hope that since they are having another company make the watch, that they use a different battery from what Moto usually uses. Every Moto I've used had its battery go bad (a few phones and the og Moto 360).

4. Cat97

Posts: 1972; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I had the original Moto 360, it was really great build quality and design. Very slim bezels also (minus the flat tire), even slimmer than today's Apple Watch 5.

5. www.pakmegaplace.com

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 2019

The problem isn’t with Motorola or Google or eBuyNow. The problem with Android watches is they have no decent SoC to run on. It does look really nice though

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