The Moto 360 is an excellent smartwatch, even though it’s close to its one-year anniversary. Although when it was first launched, reviews were only mixed, Google and Motorola quickly improved things with software updates and thus made the Moto 360 a must have for any tech enthusiast and early adopter out there. Word about a successor, the Moto 360 2015 got out a few months ago when a Lenovo exec was spotted with a suitcase filled with round watch faces and bands. Since then, rumors have been piling up and expectations have been rising about the Moto 360 and a new version of Android Wear launching alongside it.
According to insiders, rumors, sources and leaks, the Motorola Moto 360 2015 release date is set for IFA Berlin 2015, which is going to be held at the beginning of September, between 4 and 9. That’s the release window that we assume for the new wearable, as well as for new Nexus devices from Google, LG and Huawei. Wearables haven’t yet taken off as much, but Motorola’s device was quite the hit in the genre, especially with Android fans. The design of the Moto 360 was the most impressive part of the entire gadget, and that’s what’s going to be brought over to the new generation of the device.
The Apple Watch pretty much flopped and while the Moto 360 got mixed reviews at first, the cooperation between Motorola and Google for software updates resulted in a greatly improved device that is definitely not a flop this year. The Moto 360 was the device that launched wearables into the limelight, and as such, fans have high expectations of the successor. Whether these expectations will be met or not we will find out at IFA Berlin next month.
With less than a month until the Moto 360 2015 release date left, Motorola and co. are probably rushing to get the device ready for mainstream launch. Our sources tell us that while the design of the device won’t change that much, its features will be greatly improved and its price point will stay largely the same. People familiar with the engineering and manufacturing process of the Moto 360 2015 say that the new device will rival with the likes of the Sony Smart Watch 3 and Samsung Gear S. which means we’re in for quite a few neat features.
First off, insiders say that the Moto 360 2015 will be waterproof, with an IP67 rating, which places it at the top of the wishlist of many people who haven’t gotten into the wearable game just yet. The watch face will stay round and while some expect a fully round face, our sources tell us that we should still see the black bar at the bottom. That bar is a trade-off for the ergonomic and thin design of the device, and those are design elements that the Moto 360 2015 will keep this year.
A new version of Android Wear, possibly one tailored after Android M, will be the power for the whole shabang. According to an analyst who tipped us, the Moto 360 2015 will take advantage of quite a few new features in Android M to offer users a user experience that has never before been seen on a wearable device. While we don’t know which features they mean, we’re definitely interested in what the end result will be.
Besides waterproof certification, the Moto 360 2015 might also come with an extra slot inside, made for a SIM card, which would be magnificent. Having 3G on a watch would be excellent for many wearable enthusiasts who see wearables as a replacement for bulky smartphones that they don’t really use. 3G would also mean that users wouldn’t have to rely on their smartphones to get notifications and access to internet, but Google’s own internet service has also been mentioned with regard to the new Moto 360. How much of these rumors are true remains to be seen, so I would suggest taking them with a grain of salt until official information is released by Motorola and co.
Until the IFA Moto 360 2015 launch, we do hope that some leaks or some official information come to light so that we can get an idea of what to expect from the new device. Although leaks are scarce, insiders seem to be keen on releasing info about what’s to come, so they are what we can rely on for now. We will know for sure what Motorola has prepared for us this year at the IFA convention, where we will hopefully get a some neat Moto 360 2015 hands-on time, too.
Besides these new features, it is said that the Moto 360 battery life will be upgraded, the companies involved trying to outdo Pebble and others whose devices boast with week-long battery lives. The Apple Watch will surely be dethroned (once again), as long as the Moto 360 2015 has a battery life that lasts for a couple of days instead of just one. Wireless charging will stay on the feature list, that’s for sure, but it is said that a new, more powerful pad will also be released. Also, previous wireless charging pads will naturally be compatible with the new Moto 360, which is good news. No elitism here!
The display will also get a small upgrade, with higher resolution and better adaptive brightness controls, but there are also rumors about the Moto 360 2015 replacing its standard panel with an e-ink one, to promote power-saving technology and to appease those who want prolonged battery life and good performance. An e-ink Moto 360 is an interesting concept, and while some might dismiss it, it’s not an entirely stupid idea. What would you like to see in the new Moto 360 2015?
Samsung Galaxy Buds Return to All-Time Low Price at Best Buy, Grab a Pair for $80 Today
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live may be the better option if earbuds with a stem design, like Apple’s AirPods, feel unpleasant or frequently fall out of your ears. These bean-shaped true wireless earbuds are among our top picks because of their cutting-edge design and excellent sound, which we found to be even better than the original AirPods Pro. And right now, Best Buy has the opportunity to get them for less than half the regular cost. Only today, you can save $70 and get a pair of Galaxy Buds Live for just $80, which matches the lowest price we’ve seen thus far.
One of the most affordable pairs of earbuds you’ll find in this price range is the Galaxy Buds Live, which retail for about $80. They have three microphones for active noise-cancellation, as well as a 12mm speaker that has been adjusted and improved for bass for rich, immersive sound. Although they still let in a good bit of background noise because of their open-ear design.
The Buds Live feature an IPX2 water-resistance rating, making them safe to use during workouts and resistant to sweat and splashing, but you shouldn’t use them in the rain. They can operate for up to 29 hours on a single charge, including top-ups from the charging case, which doubles as a wireless charger for your phone. There are smaller reductions on other colors as well, but this offer is only valid on the white and black color options.
Read more in the 2020 Galaxy Buds Live review by David Carnoy. He gave them an 8.2 out of 10 and stated, “They’re quite unique-looking, inconspicuous, and not only do they fit securely, but they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time.”
In the upcoming fall, Sony’s wireless earbuds will support multipoint connections
Sony is not just using environmentally friendly materials to upgrade its wireless earbuds. Now, the business claims that multipoint audio functionality will be added to its LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 models this fall. This allows you to switch between the audio on two Bluetooth devices, just as other competing earbuds. For instance, while watching a video on your tablet, you can switch to a call on your phone.
Sony’s Headphones Connect app offers fresh firmware that is necessary for the enhancement. The multipoint update for the LinkBuds family should be available by November, while the WF-1000XM4 should follow suit this winter.
The WF-1000XM4 upgrade is fairly unexpected, as The Verge noted. Midway through 2021, when Sony first began to market that device, it had not even hinted at a multipoint update. The news won’t help you much if you have cheap headphones like the WF-C500, but at least you won’t feel left out if you spent a lot on wireless audio last year.
Sony now has a competitive advantage over some of its rivals, at least. While competitors like Apple’s AirPods offer smooth audio switching, you’re typically constrained to a single brand’s environment. If you don’t want to be restricted to specific platforms or goods merely to avoid slogging through Bluetooth device menus, Sony’s multipoint functionality might make more sense.
At $250, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 reaches a new low.
If you’ve had your eye on the brand-new Galaxy Watch 5 from Samsung but were awaiting a discount, one is now available. The 40mm model in three hues (Grey, Pink Gold, and Silver) is available for $250 on Amazon’s Woot site, saving you $30 or 11% off the list price.
In our previous review, the Galaxy Watch 5 received a strong 85 points, and we once again dubbed it “the greatest non-Apple smartwatch.” Over the Watch 4, Samsung concentrated more on improving it, giving it a longer battery life (up to 80 hours), stronger Sapphire Crystal glass, and an inactive temperature sensor.
The design and features are otherwise unchanged, which is a good thing. With a touch-sensitive ring surrounding the screen and a snappy 5-nanometer Exynos processor, it runs Wear OS and employs Samsung’s bezel-based navigation. This offers you access to a variety of apps, sleep tracking and coaching, health and fitness tracking, and countless other features. The body-impedance analysis tool allows you to take ECG scans, reply to messages, control music playing, and more. It also allows you to acquire a reading of your body composition.
The sensors are kept in contact with your wrist by the slightly curved underside, which is rated IP68, 5ATM, and MIL-STD-810H for durability (water, dust and pressure resistance). The biggest drawback is that, in comparison to the Apple Watch 7, battery life is significantly reduced with the always-on display. Even so, it’s the greatest Android smartwatch currently on the market, and discounts on such a brand-new product are uncommon. Remember that Woot’s offers have a shorter expiration date and a different return policy than its parent company, Amazon.
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