It is fairly typical that the hardware innovations come first, and then consumers and businesses play catch up with content. HDTVs are facing this battle and virtual reality devices are doing so too.
Gear 360 is Samsung's latest VR camera. It captures two 185-degree angles via two cameras on either side of the globe-like device that sits on its own mini tripod. The data is stored on a 128GB microSD card. The files are able to be stitched back together again for a full 360-degree view using software.
What's interesting about the just announced Samung Galaxy S7 smartphone is that it is powerful enough to stitch together video or images, via Bluetooth. A powerful desktop computer is no longer needed. In fact, the S7 can shrink the video or image size down to something more easily viewable on lesser devices. It will also work as a remote for the Gear 360 VR camera too.
The Gear 360 comes with two fish-eye lenses that capture 30-megapixel resolution images. This is a 3840 x 1920 resolution which falls just shy of being Ultra 4K. There are two audio microphones present, so audio can also be captured in stereo.
A small PMOLED display at the top of the 360 camera can control the video mode and a few other minor settings. Whilst appearing small, the camera actually weights 5.4 ounces - matching the weight of the S7 - but it is quite portable. However, perhaps its best use is to be placed on a tripod in the center of the room to record video and audio using its 360-degree perspective.
The next iteration in the S line of devices is the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge which come with some interesting new features. The Gear 360 virtual reality camera is also available for use with these flagship handsets. However, previous Gear VR headsets are also compatible with the S7 and S7 edge models.
The Galaxy S7 will be available for 699 Euros and the Galaxy S7 edge will be priced at 799 Euros. The good news is that the Galaxy S7 edge is actually less expensive than the previous Galaxy S6 edge by 50 Euros. However, the Galaxy S7 comes in at the same price as its predecessor, the Galaxy S6.
The Gear 360 is a small camera that will cost a surprising 419 Euros. This might hurt the wallet or purse quite a bit. With that said, it can truly take 360-degree photos and videos which sets it apart from the competition. For anyone interested in using this feature for YouTube videos or live streaming, it opens up some new, interesting options.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available from March 11. The Gear 360 is slated for release in the second quarter of 2016.
Google announced that YouTube for Android will now support 360 degree videos. To do this, Google met with the manufacturers of 360 degree movie cameras such as Bublcam, Giroptic's 360cam, IC Real Tech's Allie, Kodak's SP360 and RICOH THETA. The purpose of these get togethers was to make sure that YouTube would be able to play such videos made with their cameras. For now, those shooting 360 degree videos will have to include a script that will allow YouTube to upload the video with the correct metadata. In the future, Google hopes to have this done automatically.
With the update to YouTube for Android, users can move their phone or tablet around while a 360 degree video plays, in order to catch all of the different angles on the screen.
"People can watch your videos on the existing YouTube app for Android, and by moving the phone or tablet around they'll see all the different angles while the video plays. They can do the same on YouTube.com or embedded videos on Chrome by using the mouse to drag the point of view around, and we're working to bring this to iPhone, iPad and other devices soon." - YouTube
The semi-circular LCD on the Moto 360 seems to be having a problem with image retention. A couple of users have reported their Moto 360 continues to show the circular charging bar on the screen even after you stop charging (as you can see on the image above).
Certain LCDs are occasionally prone to image retention or persistence issue, wherein if an image is displayed on the screen continuously for too long it gets stuck on the screen for a while and is visible even if you go to another screen. This is different from image burn-in that happens on AMOLED panels, where the pixels are permanently transformed and it's temporary on LCD but it's still annoying to see the previous image faintly on the screen even after you move to the next one.
The 2016 war of wearables devices is about to start. After Samsung leaked its upcoming Gear S2 Round smartwatch on its offiical website, Motorola has leaked the successor of the Moto 360 smartwatch on Twitter. The company posted a render of a mysterious wearable device appeared in one of the manufacturer's official tweets earlier today [The tweet has been removed!].
The unannounced smartwatch features a round body, but different button placement than the original Moto 360. While we were preparing this post, Motorola removed the tweet, thus further suggesting that we saw something we weren't originally supposed to. One of the rumored names in Moto 720 or Moto 360s.
Curiously, the leaked smartwatch appears to feature a screen that's not fully circular - just like the first-generation Moto 360. We certainly hope that this will not be the case when the new Moto 360 debuts, as both LG and Samsung have competitors with fully circular displays already available or on the way.
We are still waiting for Motorola to reveal its upcoming next-gen Moto 360 smartwatch (Moto 360S), it has been leaked online already several times. However, today, we got some photos of a smaller version of the Moto 360S.
It looks like that Motorola is working on a Moto 360S mini variant. it is shown in the image above by itself, but it also gets compared to the original 360 in the shot below. This leak pretty much confirms the hypothesis that Motorola is working on two sizes for its new wearable, emulating Apple's deeds in this space. We first heard that something like this would happen earlier this month.
The small variant of this year's Motorola smartwatch will apparently be called Moto 360S, while the larger one (which should sport the same screen size as its predecessor) will go by Moto 360L it seems. And yes, both of them will keep the 'flat tire' display design introduced last year, we won't see any full circles this time around either. The two models launching in 2015 should have different screen sizes and different battery sizes at least. There's no word on the display size or resolution with this mini version.
Motorola is getting ready for Cyber Monday and like the other players in the tech world, showing the details of deals on the website is quite useful. Currently there are three deals listed on the website and hopefully we can expect to see additional deals in the coming Monday.
To start off, the price of Moto X (2nd Gen) 64GB has been slashed by 25% to bring down the final cost to $299 from $399. You can avail this deal from within the Moto Maker, where it lets you customize the device to your preference. Hence, the price might go up depending on the level of customizations.
Motorola will also give the Moto 360 (1st Gen) at 50% discount, bringing its price down from $299 to $149. Please take a note that this model is the 1st Gen, and at Amazon, you can purchase this device with variety of models to choose from starting at about $140.
We'll say, this deal is not so enticing and definitely doesn't stand out in Cyber Monday history. Finally, those looking to own a Moto G (2nd Gen) can get one for just $99, brought down from $179.99. That's more than 40% discount on the price listed for the phone. Then again, this is the 2nd Gen model, not the 3rd Gen which can bought from Amazon for $170.
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Now, as the Moto 360 is Official, it's time to order and enjoy that premium Smartwatch... we are glad to say it's now available for purchase, well the leather version is available but the all steel version will be avabile as early as Next month for an extra $50 on the original price.
First of all, the price. The Moto 360 is priced at $249.99 and will go on sale today, September 5, on Motorola's website. The smartwatch will be available in three variants: Light stainless steel case with gray Horween leather band, Light stainless steel case with stone Horween leather band, and Dark stainless steel case with black Horween leather band. As we said earlier, the metal band option will cost $300.
Other than that the Moto 360 has a 1.56-inch, 320x290 resolution (205PPI) semi-circular display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is IP67 certified, which means it can be submerged in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. The watch weighs 49g.
Finally, the Moto 360 Smartwatch is now Official, it comes with a Stainless steel body and a leather band which makes it the highest in Build-quality among other current Smartwatches in the market. Motor 360 packs a 205ppi display which is good (for a watch!) and powered by TI Omap 3 CPU along with a 512MB Ram which are more than enough to handle any App or task on your Moto 360.
Moto 360 also comes with Wireless charging dock included in the box, Hear rate monitor, On-body detection sensor (that detect wheather or not you have your watch on your wrist or not), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IP67 Water resistance certification and Gorilla Glass 3 for Protection.
The Moto 360 product page is now live with quite a lot of new information. You can buy a Moto 360 at 11AM central September 5th from Motorola, Google Play, and Best Buy. It will come with 6 custom Moto watch faces that take proper advantage of the round screen. You'll have three different leather bands to choose from and two metal ones. The metal bands are listed as "coming soon," though. It's a $250 watch with leather bands, but the metal ones will add $50 to the price when they are available.
Motorola Moto 360, the iconic smartwatch, was launched shortly after the official Motorola event on September,5th for a price of $250.
Sadly, the Moto 360 stock was depleted in the next few hours after the launch. Both Motorola's website and the Google Play Store list the smartwatch as out of stock. Other retailers, which should launch the Moto 360 in a few days, will still receive it as scheduled, but they won't be offering it online.
So, if you've missed your chance to be among the first to own a Moto 360 smartwatch, you can either go and wait in line for it, or just subscribe and be notified when the next limited batch of Moto 360 kicks off online. Yes, Motorola confirmed the Moto 360 availability will be "limited for a while".
Motorola finally release a system update for it's latest Android-Wear Smartwatch, A number of Moto 360 owners have received a system update that leaves the version number the same. The update fix some bugs along with some Bluetooth connectivity enhancements (this is very important for smartphone pairing) and simply tweaks a few things that don't apply to other watches.
Here the change-log of What's new in the Moto 360 [KGW42R Firmware Update]:
- Bluetooth connectivity: Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the watch and phone to reduce momentary disconnects experienced by some users.
- Charging notification: Added a message to confirm that Moto 360 is charging in cases when its battery is fully depleted.
- Bug fixes: Implemented bug fixes and other system optimizations.
IFA 2014 is coming and Motorola will be making one of its biggest announcements in th year on September,4th. The company has sent out press invites and the hints are very clear.
We're in for the announcement of the Moto 360 smartwatch, as well as the Moto G2 and Moto X+1 smartphone duo. Additionally, a new Bluetooth headset accessory is going to get its announcement, at the event.
The Moto 360 was announced on March 18 and will finally be launched almost half a year later. The smartwatch leaked in a series of photos recently flaunting its metal body. The wireless charging and the charging cradle were also shown. The price of the watch was rumored to be around €249, but we'll let Motorola have the final say.
The Moto X+1 is expected to be the company's next flagship. It's said to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset along with 2GB of RAM. Earlier reports and different mumblings also had it coming with a 5.1" or 5.2" touchscreen of 1080p resolution, a 12 MP rear camera, and a 2,900 mAh battery.
As for the Moto G2, we reported that it's going to ship on September 10 for €250. It's going to be a dual-SIM device with a 5" display of 720p resolution, a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, plus an 8MP rear camera.
Motorola is definitely working on a successor to its last year's Moto 360 rounded smartwatch. The new wearable may even be offered in two different sizes, just like what Apple did. Today a few images have been leaked showing the new model in the wild, on people's wrists actually.
Although it bears quite a resemblance to its predecessor, including that 'flat tire' for the screen, this is the next generation Moto 360 and you can tell because of the position of its button. On the original this was placed at the 3 o'clock mark, while this time around Motorola's moved it to 2 o'clock for whatever reason.
These shots allegedly come from around Chicago, an area in which Motorola has its US headquarters. So these may be company employees testing the device.
As before, it looks like Motorola will bet big on customization. These pictures show two different versions of the 360, an all-black one with leather strap, and another with a Rose Gold casing and Cognac band.
Motorola is definitely going to release a successor for its last year's Moto 360 smartwatch, we saw many leaks and rumors about the new Moto 360. Today, we got the first official renders of the Next-generation Moto 360 smartwatch.
The new renders show two slightly different size variants of the next-gent Moto 360. As previously reported, the larger model could be called Moto 360L (or Moto 360 2 L), while the smaller one might be dubbed Moto 360S (or Moto 360 S). It's said that the former has a 375 mAh battery, while the latter comes with a 270 mAh one. Both may offer displays with resolutions of 360 x 360 pixels. For now, we don't know anything else about the two new smartwatches.
Motorola may plan to announce its new Moto 360 smartwatches next week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, and we assume that both will be available to buy in the near future.