Moto 360: The smartwatch you would want to wear

Moto 360: The smartwatch you would want to wear
A Moto 360 smartwatch.

Two things caught my attention yesterday. First of all, Google announced Android Wear, its mobile OS optimised for wearable devices, primarily the smartwatch.

Secondly, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of a beautifully-crafted smartwatch that will take full advantage of Google's new OS. It's round, elegant and sexy, and unlike what we've seen so far with the competition, it doesn't sway from the conventional wristwatch design.

I never thought I'd need a smartwatch, but after seeing Moto 360 and Android Wear, I feel confident of its usefulness and how good it would look on my wrist; it reminds me of the classic calculator watch of the 80s.

I had a problem with the Sony SmartWatch, Pebble Smartwatch and Samsung Galaxy Gear - their design left a lot to be desired.

And even though Pebble recently released Pebble Steel, which attempts to mimic the elegant wristwatches with steel bands, the little computer screen face really doesn't look that good.

It would be difficult to convince fans of Rolex, Quartz, Seiko and Omega to replace their expensive wristwatches for a digital watch with inferior design.

Motorola might have finally got it right with the Moto 360, which comes with a round face design and premium material, making it look like a regular fashion watch from a distance.

It's already made a big impression as one of the best looking smartwatch yet.

And for the first time, we'll be looking at a round digital display, a far cry from the traditional square or rectangle we've grown accustomed to with our smartphones, tablets, PC monitors and televisions.

When the screen is in clock mode (idle), it really looks like an elegant wristwatch face, albeit a digital one.

On the software side, Android Wear does a lot of neat tricks. The OS is powered by Google Now, Google's intelligent personal assistant that integrates tightly with Google's ecosystem, equivalent to Apple's Siri on the iPhone.

Google Now transforms the watch into a variety of at-a-glance uses. The technology enables it to accept, receive, transduce and process verbal commands given by the user.

Previously, I wrote about how a smartwatch should function, how it should perform key tasks that smartphones or other mobile devices aren't good at.

It shouldn't replicate the smartphone experience and just be a second screen, but instead add new value for the user who wears it. Otherwise, there is no reason for having it.

Android Wear seems to tick all those boxes.

The design language of Android Wear is also beautifully done, unlike the existing brands that custom-design their own software for their watches.

Moto 360 isn't the only smartwatch that will run Android Wear, however. LG announced a square-ish LG G Watch that will be out alongside Motorola's watch.

And the Moto 360 will surely be a huge hit, judging by the overwhelming response from those who have watched the demo video online. Many are attracted by its design.

And that's a good thing, because Motorola and Google have set the bar high in crafting a beautiful and useful smartwatch that could garner mass appeal.

With that, the worthy smartwatch race has finally begun.

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