Although it was barely mentioned in the opening keynote of Google I/O on Wednesday, Motorola’s Moto 360 is very much real, as the lines to try it on after the keynote demonstrated. The only catch is that we’re all going to have to wait a little longer to actually have the opportunity to purchase the unique round face smartwatch that runs Android Wear.
While Google announced during the keynote that the Samsung Gear Liveand LG G Watch Android Wear smartwatches would begin taking preorders right away, the word was that the more intriguing Moto 360 would not be available until later on in the northern summer.
Perhaps sensing the disappointment among early adopters and Android and Moto fans, Motorola released a video demo of the Moto 360 from Google I/O this morning. You can watch the whole thing below, which features marketing staffer Cathay Bi showing off a Moto 360 with a leather band and a stainless steel case for the main body itself. It looks very elegant, but like the other smartwatches worn by Googlers during the keynote, it also looks pretty big and bulky on her wrist.
The custom watch screen backgrounds designed for the Moto 360 actually seem quite a bit more stylish than those shown off at Google I/O on stage. A small notification card covers the lower section of the clock screen; you can then swipe it up to interact with that notification and leave the clock screen.
Voice command also gets a quick demo, and works in much the same way as touchless control on the Moto X by simply saying “Ok, Google.” There’s also a physical button on the side of the watch’s body that’s used to wake it up, or you can tap the face.
Watch the whole thing below and stay posted for more news on the Moto 360 here at Gizmag. I anticipate a big unveil that will include the Moto X+1, successor to the Moto X, as well sometime in the next 6 weeks.